Nirbhaya case: SC dismisses convict’s plea challenging rejection of mercy petition

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The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed the petition filed by Mukesh Kumar Singh, one of the death row convicts in Nirbhaya rape and murder case.

The court stated that torture in prison cannot be a ground to review President’s order.

Advocate Anjana Prakash, who represented Mukesh, yesterday alleged that the convict was sexually assaulted at Tihar Jail and put under solitary confinement.

Mukesh had moved the court challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind.

President Kovind had rejected Mukesh’s mercy petition on January 17.

Mukesh Singh had moved the mercy petition before the President after the Top Court had rejected his curative petition against his conviction and death sentence.

The hanging of all four convicts in the case is to take place on February 1 at 6 am, as per the new directive of the court.

Four convicts, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan and Mukesh were convicted and 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.

She passed away at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore while undergoing the treatment.