New Delhi: The Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing on Centre’s plea for separate execution of the four Nirbahaya gangrape and murder convicts until 2 PM on Friday. The top court also gave the convicts time to file their counter replies on the same by then.
A bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna appointed senior advocate Anjana Prakash who agreed to represent as amicus curiae for convict Pawan Kumar Gupta on Thursday.
The bench said it is deferring the hearing in wake of a trial court order yesterday which directed the District Legal Services Authority to provide Gupta’s father with a list of its empanelled advocates to choose from to represent the convict.
Gupta is the only convict who had not yet filed a curative petition the last legal remedy available to a person which is decided in-chamber. He also has the option of filing a mercy plea against the death sentence.
In a separate hearing on convict Vinay Sharma’s mercy petition, advocate AP Singh argued that his medical status report was not considered by President Ram Nath Kovind while rejecting his mercy petition. The Supreme Court has, however, rejected the argument.
On Tuesday, Nirbhaya’s parents filed a fresh plea in Patiala House Court, seeking a new date for death warrant for the convicts. The convicts were making a mockery of the legal system, her parents alleged. The Delhi High Court has earlier told the convicts to exhaust all legal remedies within a week.