Nirbhaya case: SC to hear curative petitions of 2 convicts today

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The Supreme Court will on Tuesday hear curative petitions filed by two men convicted in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.

A five-judge bench of the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the curative petitions of two of the four death-row convicts in Nirbhaya case at 1.45 pm, sources said.

The petitions have been filed by Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Kumar.

Curative petitions are decided in-chambers by the judges and is the last and final judicial remedy available to a person convicted by courts of law.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan will hear the curative petitions of Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Kumar.

Two of the four death-row convicts, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta have not filed curative petitions.

On January 7, a Delhi court issued the death warrant against all four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

They will be hanged at 7 am on January 22 at the Tihar jail, the court ordered.

The 23-year-old paramedic student was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 in a moving bus in the national capital.

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