SC to hear Nirbhaya convict Akshay Singh’s curative petition today

The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear the Nirbhaya rape and murder case convict Akshay Kumar Singh’s curative plea.

Akshay Singh approached the Top Court on Wednesday with a curative petition which is listed for consideration before a bench at 1 pm today, sources said.

The plea of Akshay Singh will be heard by the Supreme Court judges in their chambers and not in an open court.

If Akshay Singh’s plea is dismissed, the death row convict will have the option to move a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind.

He is the third convict to move a curative plea after Mukesh Singh and Vinay Kumar Sharma.

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.