New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the curative petition of one of the convicts of 2012 Nirbhaya case, Pawan Gupta, in which he had claimed that “at the time of the offence, he was a minor and thereby his death sentence should be commuted to life imprisonment”. On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court had dismissed an application filed by another convict, Mukesh Singh, challenging the trial court order that had dismissed his plea, seeking a stay on the execution claiming he was not present in Delhi on December 16, 2012, the night of the crime. Also Read - Nirbhaya case: SC to Hear Pawan Gupta's Curative Plea Claiming he Was a Minor at the Time of Offence
“There is nothing on record to suggest that trial stands vitiated because material evidence was concealed. There is, thus, no infirmity, illegality or irregularity in the order passed by the trial court,” the court had said. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Delhi Court Issues Notice to Tihar Jail, Police on Convicts' Plea Seeking Stay on Execution
Meanwhile, in what could be another ploy to delay hanging, wife of a Nirbhaya convict filed for a divorce in a local court in Bihar’s Aurangabad. In the plea, the wife of convict Akshay Kumar Singh said she does not want to live the life of a widow as her husband is set to be hanged on March 20. The court has posted the matter for March 19. Also Read - Nirbhaya Convict Moves HC Against Trial Court Order, Claims Not in Delhi At Time of Incident
The four convicts are scheduled to be hanged on March 20, 5:30 AM.