Dilpreet Singh

Nirbhaya case: No hanging on Feb 1 as postponed by Delhi court ..

Dilpreet Singh 1 Feb 2020 2:35pm

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday postponed execution of death warrant of the 4 convicts of Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case till further orders.

Additional sessions Judge Dharmender Rana passed the order on Saturday, February 1, on petition of convicts seeking a stay on their execution. In the pre-lunch session, the court had reserved its decision.

The court disagreed with the Tihar prison authorities opposing the plea of three convicted prisoners in the case seeking a stay on their execution.

The black warrants against Pawan Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma, Akshay Kumar and Mukesh Kumar Singh for execution of the death sentence were released on January 17th.

The counsel for the convicts argued that rules dictate that the others can not be hanged while one convict's plea is pending.

Advocate A P Singh, representing the convicts — Pawan, Vinay, and Akshay, urged the court to postpone the "sine die" executions (with no re-established date). Vinay's appeal of mercy is pending before the President

On 17 January, President Ram Nath Kovind denied Mukesh's appeal for compassion. On Wednesday the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal against the dismissal.

On January 17, the trial court issued black warrants for the second time on February 1, for the execution of all four convicts in the case in Tihar prison at 6 a.m. The court had earlier set January 22 as the hanging date on January 7.

Vinay and Akshay's curative pleas were turned down by the apex court. Pawan is the only one yet not to file a curative plea.
Convicts have the option of filing a petition for mercy before the president only after their curative plea has been rejected by the apex court.

The apex court earlier in the day dismissed Pawan's plea seeking review of the decision rejecting his application claiming to be a juvenile at the time of the commission of the offence.

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