New Delhi: Two days before the scheduled execution of the four convicts of Nirbhaya gangrape case, Pawan Gupta, one of the four, has moved the Supreme Court requesting an open-court hearing of his curative plea, his lawyer AP Singh has informed. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Akshay Thakur Files Mercy Plea Again, Says Earlier Petition Lacked 'Facts'
The four convicts — Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan and Akshay — are scheduled to be hanged on March 3 at 6 AM in Tihar jail. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Fourth Convict Pawan Gupta Files Curative Petition in Supreme Court
On Friday, Pawan filed a curative plea seeking the commutation of his death penalty into life imprisonment. He was the one convict who hasn’t yet exhausted all his legal remedies. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case Convict Vinay Sharma Again Tries to Harm Himself, This Time by Swallowing Staple Pins
The remaining three convicts have already exhausted their final legal remedies of filing a curative and the subsequent mercy plea with the President. Akshay Thakur, however, has filed another mercy petition claiming that his earlier petition did not have ‘all the facts’
Last week, convict Vinay Gupta had made yet another attempt to delay the hanging by trying to swallow staple pins inside his prison cell. However, prison officials managed to stop him just in time. He was later treated at the prison hospital. The execution had already been postponed twice from previous dates of January 22 and February 1 as all legal remedies were not exhausted by the convicts.
Delhi’s Patiala House Court had signed fresh death warrants for the four accused giving them for the third time this month.
What is open-court hearing?
For example, the Supreme Court in 2018 allowed an open-court hearing of Sabarimala review petitions. But talking about recent cases, the court denied an open-court hearing for the recent AGR-telecom hearing.