Nirbhaya rape convicts Pawan plea
Nibhaya rape convicts. (Image courtesy: ANI)

The hearing of the petition filed by Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case 2012, concluded today. The Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed against rejection of his mercy plea by the President Ram Nath Kovind.

Sharma claimed that his mental illness records were not placed before the President when he rejected his plea. He said that the President ignored his “mental stability” which was compromised due to the torture he faced in the jail while rejecting his mercy plea.

Replying to the claim, the center clearly denied this and said that the death-row convict was “fit and of a sound mind” and also produced a report which showed no suffering from mental illness.

This was the last legal remedy available to Vinay Sharma. Along with with him three other convicts involved in the brutal gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern on December 16, 2012, have been sentenced to death.

A trial court had stayed “until further orders” the execution of four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31) — on January 31.

The gruesome rape of the young girl was committed by six men of which one was found hanging in jail. The youngest, just short of 18 when the crime was committed, was released after three years in a reform home.

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