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Nirbhaya Verdict: Convicts Will Be Now Executed On Feb 1, Says Delhi Court
New death warrants have been issued for the four convicts of 2012 Nirbhaya case, now will be executed at 6 am on February 1.
Nirbhaya case convicts now will be executed at 6 am on February 1.
New Delhi: New death warrants have been issued for the four convicts of 2012 Nirbhaya case, now will be executed at 6 am on February 1. The new warrant was issued hours after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected a mercy petition filed by Mukesh Singh, one of the convict of Nirbhaya Rape Case.
The trial court judge declared last week that, Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta were to be hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail at 7 am on January 22, signing a death warrant after seven years a young medical student was gang-raped on a moving bus, tortured and killed.
On Thursday, five days before the scheduled execution, Tihar officials asked for a new date, stating that the executions could not take place till after all mercy pleas are settled.
The three other convicts have yet to file their respective petitions, which they may do at any time prior to their execution. However, each time a petition is filed and rejected, that 14-day period must be observed, therefore extending the execution.
Mukesh Singh had filed the mercy petition on Tuesday, directly after the Supreme Court dismissed a curative petition, that is the last legal appeal made by him and Vinay Sharma.
The petition had been forwarded to the President of India via the Home Ministry, on Thursday night and was rejected on Friday afternoon. Nirbhaya's mother, Asha Devi, had made a public appeal to the President to reject the mercy petition filed by the convicts.
Today, Asha Devi also made a public appeal to politicians to not seek "political gains" over her daughter's death. Her comments came amidst a war of words between the AAP is which ruling in Delhi and the BJP is in power at the centre over delays in the execution.
On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old medical student was gang-raped and tortured on a moving bus before being dumped on a road in south Delhi. The woman, who came to be known as "Nirbhaya", died on December 29 in a Singapore hospital.
Six men were arrested for the horrifying assault. Besides the four convicts, two more were accused in the rape and murder. Ram Singh, the fifth accused, committed suicide and a juvenile was released after three years in a reform home.
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