Two of the Nirbhaya rape case convicts, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Kumar Singh, have already exhausted their possibility of a healing petition earlier than the Supreme Court docket towards the dying sentence awarded to them, whereas the opposite two — Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh — are but to method the Supreme Court docket with their healing plea.
After rejection from the apex courtroom, convict Mukesh moved a mercy petition towards his pending capital punishment earlier than the President earlier this week.
Mukesh was additionally the lone convict who approached the Delhi Excessive Court docket towards the dying warrant issued to him. The Excessive Court docket on Wednesday, nonetheless, declined to entertain his petition on the bottom that he ought to have both moved the periods courtroom or the apex courtroom.
Following this, Mukesh approached the Delhi courtroom searching for postponement of the date of his execution on the bottom that his mercy petition is pending with the President.
The Excessive Court docket had, whereas listening to Mukesh’s plea, expressed displeasure over the “strategy” adopted by the 4 dying row convicts to delay the method of execution.
It had questioned counsel for convict Mukesh as to why he saved ready for two-and-a half years and didn’t file healing or mercy petitions after the Supreme Court docket dismissed his attraction towards conviction and confirmed the dying sentence awarded to him by the trial courtroom.
The Excessive Court docket had additionally pulled up the jail authorities for the delay on their half and never speaking to the convicts that they’ll file mercy pleas after their appeals had been dismissed by the Supreme Court docket in 2017.
It remarked that the discover which was issued to the convicts on October 29 and December 18, 2019, by the jail authorities asking the convicts to maneuver their mercy pleas ought to have been accomplished a lot earlier.
Delhi authorities standing counsel (legal) Rahul Mehra, representing the jail authorities, had argued that the delay was because of the truth that one of many convicts — Akshay — had not filed his evaluate plea until 2019 and it was dismissed solely on December 18 final yr.
Mr. Mehra argued that as per guidelines, except all of the 4 convicts exhaust their treatment of mercy petition, the jail authorities can’t proceed. The Delhi courtroom is scheduled to listen to Mukesh’s plea searching for postponement of the dying warrant on Friday.