New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday reserved its order on a plea filed by Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case, in which he argued that he wasn’t even present at the crime spot, also alleging that he was tortured in Tihar Jail. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: After SC Rejects Fresh Plea, 3 Convicts Move ICJ Seeking Stay on Execution
The development came a day after his plea to file a fresh curative petition was dismissed by the Supreme Court,
Earlier today, the plea was filed in the court by his lawyer ML Sharma. In it, Mukesh had argued that he was arrested from Rajasthan on December 17, 2012, a day after the incident, and, as such, wasn’t even present at the crime spot.
Mukesh, notably, was the first among the four death row convicts in the case to have exhausted all the legal options. The other three death row convicts in the case are Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma. The four are scheduled to be hanged at 5:30 AM on March 20 in Tihar Jail.
Today’s development can also be seen as yet another attempt by the convicts’ side to get their execution delayed. Their hanging has already been deferred thrice, all postponements coming this year itself, due to strategic filing of mercy pleas, curative petitions etc. by the convicts.
The three earlier dates on which the execution was to take place, but was postponed, were January 22, February 1 and March 22 respectively. The latest date was given by a Delhi court earlier this month after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy petition of Pawan, which meant that all four convicts had exhausted all their legal remedies.
In fact, in yet another attempt at delaying their execution, three of the convicts-Akshay, Pawan and Vinay-on Monday had ‘approached’ the International Court of Justice (ICJ), seeking a stay on their execution, just hours after the Supreme Court dismissed Mukesh’s petition.