Notice issued to Nirbhaya convicts on death warrant

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New Delhi:The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to approach the trial court for issuance of fresh date for the execution of convicts in Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. Justice Bhushan asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, saying, “Your chart shows 3 mercy petitions have been rejected. Pawan hasn’t filed. Why don’t you file for a fresh death warrant?”.Asha Devi, mother of gang-rape victim had hoped that the convicts will be hanged soon. The top court sought a response from the four death row convicts in the case.President Ram Nath Kovind had on February 1 rejected the clemency plea of Vinay.

The trial court had on January 31 stayed “till further orders” execution of the four convicts in the case — Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma and Akshay Kumar, who are lodged in Tihar Jail.Pawan has not yet filed a curative petition — the last and final legal remedy available to a person which is decided in-chamber. Pawan also has the option of filing a mercy plea.
The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who came to be known as ‘Nirbhaya’ (fearless), was gang-raped and savagely assaulted on the night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. She died of her injuries a fortnight later in a Singapore hospital.
The bench, also comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna, made it clear that the pendency of the appeal filed by the central and Delhi governments before it would not be an impediment for the trial court in issuing fresh date for execution of the convicts.Solicitor General Tuhar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the Delhi government, said that the execution of these convicts is not for “enjoyment” and the authorities are only executing the mandate of the law.

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