Nirbhaya Case: Death warrant delayed for convicts

The supreme Court rejected the review petition filed by Akshay Kumar Singh, one of the four death-row convicts in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case. Akshay’s counsel has sought 3-weeks time to file the mercy petition before President, but Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for the Delhi government, said that the law allows only one-week time for it. Confirming the death sentence of convict Akshay Kumar Singh, the court said he had the option of pleading for mercy before the President of India and had one week to do so.


Shortly afterwards, a lower court refused to put out a death warrant as demanded by Nirbhaya's parents, asking Tihar Jail to confirm instead when the convicts would file their mercy plea. "I have been running from pillar to post for one year," Nirbhaya's mother broke down  before the judge, who consoled her saying he was bound by the law.


The review petitions of the three other convicts, Mukesh, 30, Pawan Gupta, 23, and Vinay Sharma, 24, had been dismissed earlier. Of the six accused of Nirbhaya's rape and murder, four were convicted, a fifth -- Ram Singh -- committed suicide and a juvenile was released after three years in a reform home.


The 23-year-old paramedic student was gang-raped and tortured with an iron rod on a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012, before being dumped on a road, naked and bleeding. She died on December 29 amid street protests across the country.


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