Nibhaya rape convicts seek mercy petition rejected by president
Nibhaya rape convicts. (Image courtesy: ANI)

The Supreme Court will be hearing a writ plea filed by one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case. Mukesh Kumar Singh filed his plea against the disapproval of his mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Kovind rejected his mercy plea on January 17, after which he has filed yet another petition seeking his last remedy. The three-judge bench of the Supreme Court began the hearing at 12:30 pm.

The Court has issued black warrants for the death sentence of all the four convicts who will be hanged till death on February 1 at 6 am.

The convict approached the court on an urgent basis and asked it to be prioritized. To this Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde said, “If somebody is going to be hanged then nothing can be more urgent than this.”

The three-judge bench constitutes of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Surya Kant.

The other two convicts, Pawan (25) and Vinay are yet to file curative petitions before the Supreme Court.

A 22-year-old paramedic student was brutally gang-raped and left on the roads of South-Delhi on December 16, 2012. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012, at AIIMS.

The six rapists— Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Ram Singh, and a juvenile were taken into custody. Ram Singh, the prime accused committed suicide in the jail, while the juvenile was put in a correctional home for three years and was released in 2015. The other four convicts will be hanged on February 1, 2020.

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