Delhi Court defers hanging of Nirbhaya convicts till further orders

A Delhi court on Monday stayed the execution of the four Nirbhaya convicts and deferred the matter for further orders.

All the four convicts were scheduled to be hanged at 6 am on March 3.

The court deferred the matter as the mercy petition of one of the convicts is pending before the President.

Earlier in the day, Pawan Gupta’s curative petition was rejected by the Supreme Court.

Gupta had filed a curative plea before the top court seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.

He was the last convict in the case who had not exhausted his legal options of a curative petition. The Apex Court has already rejected the curative petitions of the remaining three.

On February 17, a Delhi Court had issued fresh death warrants against the four convicts- Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh which orders their hanging on March 3 at 6am.

All four men 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.