New Delhi: Delhi’s Patiala trial court on Monday issued a fresh date for the execution of the four convicts facing the gallows in connection with the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case. The hanging of all four Nirbhaya convicts will now take place on March 3 at 6 AM in Delhi’s Tihar Jail. Also Read - After Supreme Court's Rap on Migrants' Crisis, Centre Files Affidavit in Its Defence | Here's What it Said
This is the third time an execution date is being set in the Nirbhaya case after being deferred twice already – on January 22 and February 1 – due to the convicts seeking their legal remedies. Also Read - Migrant Crisis: 15 Days Enough to Transport Them Home, Says Supreme Court; Asks States to Create Employment For All
The latest death warrant was issued after Tihar Jail authorities informed the Delhi court that three of the accused have exhausted all their legal options and no appeals are pending in any court at the moment. Also Read - Are You Ready to Provide COVID-19 Treatment at Ayushman Bharat Rate, Supreme Court Asks Private Hospitals
Speaking to reporters outside the court, Nirbhaya’s mother expressed grief over the constant delay of the execution date. “I am not very happy as this is the third time that a death warrant has been issued. We have struggled so much, so I am satisfied that a death warrant has been issued finally. I hope they (the convicts) will be executed on 3rd March.”
Earlier on Friday, a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, headed by Justice R Banumathi, had dismissed convict Vinay Sharma’s petition, challenging the rejection of his mercy plea by the President. “We don’t see any ground to interfere with the decision of the honourable President,” the bench said. Vinay’s mercy petition was rejected by the President on February 1.
Meanwhile, the Centre has been urging the top court for separate execution of the four Nirbahaya gangrape and murder convicts as the hanging is constantly getting delayed because of individual appeals and challenges.
From where the case stands right now, convicts Mukesh Singh and Vinay Sharma have exhausted all their legal remedies. Akshay Thakur, however, has still not filed a challenge petition after his mercy plea was rejected along with Pawan Gupta, the fourth convict, who didn’t file any plea after his review plea was rejected. The court’s deadline of one week for the convicts’ appeals is over.