New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday put a hold on the hanging of a man convicted in the rape and murder of a three-year-old in Gujarat’s Surat. The Court’s order came just a week before the scheduled execution. Also Read - Don't Want to Deal With Something The Govt Already Tackling, Says SC on Plea Over Migrant Workers' Plight

Earlier, a Surat court had fixed February 29 as the date of hanging of Anil Surendra Yadav. The death warrant against the accused was issued in connection with the rape and murder of a toddler in October 2018. Also Read - COVID-19 Lockdown: Supreme Court to Hear Plea on Migrant Workers on Monday

Yadav challenged his sentence in the Supreme Court, maintaining that his legal remedies weren’t exhausted yet. Also Read - Amid Lockdown, Supreme Court Grants Rs 4 Lakh to Woman Rendered Homeless

Arguing for Yadav, his lawyer Aparajitha Singh said in the Court, “Yadav has 60 days to file his appeal in the top court and a death warrant can’t be issued before that.”

To which, Chief Justice SA Bobde said, “In spite of Supreme Court judgement, which had said that death warrant can’t be issued before all legal remedies are exhausted, how can a judge pass such orders? Judicial process can’t be (ignored) like this.”

This comes amid repeated delays in the hanging of the four Nirbhaya case convicts. Notably, the convicts are now scheduled to be hanged on March 3.