New Delhi: Nearly 10 days after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected his mercy petition, second death row convict Vinay Sharma on Tuesday moved Supreme Court challenging the rejection of his mercy plea.
The development comes after President Ram Nath Kovind on February 1 rejected his mercy plea in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case. Vinay Sharma had recently filed a mercy petition in the matter.
Apart from this, the President had on January 17 also rejected the mercy petition of another convict Mukesh Singh in the matter.
The hanging of the four convicts, meanwhile, have been stay by the Delhi court, which was earlier scheduled to take place on February 1. The Delhi court had earlier issued a death warrant for convicts — Akshay Thakur, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, and Vinay Sharma — for their execution on February 1.
In another development, the Supreme Court earlier in the day, sought response from the four death row convicts on the Centre’s appeal challenging the Delhi High Court verdict which dismissed its plea against stay on their execution.
While hearing the matter, the three-judge bench headed by Justice R Banumathi of the apex court granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of fresh date for the execution of these convict.
The top court bench made it clear that pendency of the appeal filed by the Centre and Delhi government before it would not be an impediment for the trial court in issuing fresh date for execution of the convicts.
Appearing for the Centre and the Delhi government, Solicitor General Tuhar Mehta said that the execution of these convicts is not for enjoyment and the authorities are only executing the mandate of the law.