Wednesday 8 January 2020 6:03 AM UTC
NEW DELHI Jan 8: The four convicts in the Nirbhya case will be hanged on January 22 at 7 am. The court said the convicts can use their legal remedies within 14 days.
Akshay Thakur Singh, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma were found guilty in the 2012 gang-rape, torture and killing of a young medical student in Delhi.Last month, the Supreme Court dismissed the last review petition in the case, filed by one of the convicts, Akshay Singh.Nirbhaya’s parents then asked a lower court to issue a death warrant but the court deferred a decision until today.
“I have been running from pillar to post for one year,” Nirbhaya’s mother broke down before the judge, who consoled her saying he was bound by the law.
After the court passed the order, the lawyers and family members of the convicts came out and informed the media about court’s order.Victim’s parents said they were satisfied with the order.
The trial court had earlier directed Tihar jail authorities to seek within a week response from the four death row convicts as to whether they were filing mercy pleas against their executions with the President of India.
It was hearing the applications moved by Nirbhaya’s parents and the prosecution (Delhi government) seeking issuance of death warrant against the convict.
The Supreme Court on December 18 had dismissed the plea of Akshay seeking review of its decision, saying review petition is not “re-hearing of appeal over and over again” and it had already considered the mitigating and aggravating circumstances while upholding the death penalty.
The 23-year-old paramedic student, referred to as Nirbhaya, was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road.
She died on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.On July 9 last year, the apex court had dismissed the review pleas filed by the other three convicts in the case, saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the 2017 verdict.
One of the six accused in the case, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail here.A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board and was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.
The top court in its 2017 verdict had upheld the capital punishment awarded to them by the Delhi High Court and the trial court.
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