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Nirbhaya: SC Rejects Convicts Akshay, Mukesh Singh’s Plea

Catch all the updates on the 2012 Nirbhaya case here. 

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 Composite image of the four Nirbhaya gang rape convicts.
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Delhi’s Patiala court dismissed plea by the Nirbhaya convicts on Thursday, 19 March, to delay the execution. The execution is to proceed on 20 March. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Thursday, rejected plea filed by convict Akshay Singh challenging the decision of the President of India rejecting his mercy plea.

Earlier on Thursday, the court was told that no legal remedies of any of the four convicts were pending in any of the courts.

The Supreme Court on Thursday also refused to entertain the plea of convict Mukesh Singh claiming he was not in Delhi when the crime was committed on 16 December 2012.

The four convicts are scheduled to be hanged at 5:30 am on 20 March.

Snapshot
  • The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the curative petition of convict Pawan Gupta claiming juvenility
  • “Nirbhaya will get justice tomorrow,” the rape victim’s mother, Asha Devi, said a day before the scheduled hanging
  • The first date of execution, 22 January, was postponed to 1 February, and then further postponed to 3 March

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4:29 PM , 19 Mar
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SC Rejects Akshay's Plea; Convicts to Be Hanged Tomorrow

Supreme Court on Thursday, rejected plea filed by Akshay Singh challenging the decision of the President of India rejecting his mercy plea.

The Court said that there is limited scope of judicial review and it finds no reason to interfere with the President's decision.

Meanwhile, an Additional Sessions Court in Delhi today dismissed their application to stay the execution of death warrant.

4:01 PM , 19 Mar
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Nirbhaya Case: Judge Says Arguments by Convicts' Lawyer Heard Before

During the hearing on Thursday, Justice Bhushan has asked as to how many of the submissions made by Singh are relevant at this point.

Justice Banumathi said, " The Court is not inclined to entertain the plea. All the arguments have already been heard at length several times."

Meanwhile, convicts' lawyer AP Singh continues to argue.

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3:42 PM , 19 Mar
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What Will Happen to Their Cases Post Execution? Asks Convicts' Lawyer

Nirbhaya convicts’ lawyer AP Singh said on Thursday that “there are post mercy remedies available.” All facts not considered properly in this case, he added, while citing the Shatrughan Chauhan judgment.

Singh has submitted that a number of cases in relation to the accused persons remain pending before various courts, including Akshay Singh's divorce case, Vinay's case alleging torture in prison, among others. "What would happen of these cases after execution?" he asked.

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3:01 PM , 19 Mar

Convict Akshay Moves SC Challenging Rejection of Mercy Petition

Death row convict Akshay on Thursday moved the Supreme Court challenging the rejection of the mercy petition by the President.

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Published: 18 Jan 2020, 4:45 PM IST
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