Nirbhaya case: SC to hear death row convict’s plea against rejection of mercy petition today

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

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

A bench headed by Chief Justice S.A. Bobde had said, “If somebody is going to be executed then nothing can be more urgent than this.”

The Court will begin the hearing at 12:30 pm on Tuesday, sources said.

The President had rejected the mercy plea 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.

A Delhi court on Saturday dismissed the petition filed by the lawyers of the convicts alleging the Tihar prison authorities were delaying in handing over certain documents.

This was after the public prosecutor appearing for the Tihar jail authorities told the court that the convicts were adopting delaying tactics.

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.