New Delhi: One of the Nirbhaya case convicts, Mukesh Singh, on Monday approached the Supreme Court and appealed to “urgently” list his plea against rejection of mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind. Also Read - Hanging to be Delayed Again? Nirbhaya Gangrape Convict Mukesh Moves SC Over Mercy Plea Rejection
“If somebody is going to be executed on February 1, it is top priority,” said Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde, asking the convict’s counsel to approach the court registry. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Delhi Court Disposes of Convicts' Plea Against Tihar Jail; 'Delaying Tactics,' Says Prosecution
On January 24, three of the Nirbhaya convicts Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma had moved Patiala House Court, alleging that the prison authorities had not made available to them documents that are needed to file corrective pleas, leading to a delay in filing the same. The Delhi’s Patiala High Court, on January 25, had disposed of the plea. The prosecution had told the court that convicts were using delaying tactics. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Convicts Likely to Move Corrective Pleas in Supreme Court, Accuse Tihar of Delay
The four convicts are scheduled to be held at 6 AM on February 1. Earlier, they were to be executed at 7 AM on January 22 but the execution was delayed on account of Mukesh’s mercy plea pending before the President. According to prison rules, execution can only take place within 14 days of the President dismissing a mercy petition.
In the rape and murder case that had sent shockwaves across the nation in 2012, four convicts, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, and Mukesh were sentenced to death for raping a 23-year-old paramedic student in a moving bus in the national capital on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012.