President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy plea of convict Pawan Gupta. With this, the way of hanging of the four convicts is now clear. After the mercy petition of Pawan was rejected, the prosecution has once again moved the lower court to issue a new death warrant. Earlier, the Delhi government had also recommended the mercy plea of Pawan, convicted in the Nirbhaya case.
Earlier on Monday, Pawan’s mercy petition was received by the Home Ministry. The ministry sent this petition to President Ramnath Kovind for his consideration and decision. A Delhi court on Monday stayed the execution of the four convicts in the 2012 case till further orders. The four convicts were to be hanged first on March 3 at 6 am.
The Director General of Delhi’s Tihar Jail said, “In view of rejection of mercy petition of Pawan by the Honourable President of India, we will be approaching the Patiala House Court today for fixing fresh date of execution of death warrant in respect of all the four convicts.”
Advocate Seema Kushwaha, lawyer of the parents of the December 2012 gangrape and murder victim, on Wednesday said “We are moving a fresh application in Delhi court to fix a fresh date for the execution of the four convicts. All the convicts have exhausted their complete rights. The date which will be fixed now will be the final date.”
On Monday, the curative petition of Pawan, convicted in the Nirbhaya case, was dismissed by the Supreme Court. Pawan had said in his application that he was a minor at the time of the incident. His review petition had already been dismissed in this case. According to the rules, even after the mercy petition is dismissed, the convict gets 14 days before hanging him.
All Options Over For Nirbhaya Convicts
All the options of Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay and Pawan are over in the Nirbhaya case. On 17 February, the court issued a new death warrant against the four convicts, ordering the hanging on March 3, saying that further conviction would be ‘tainted’ by the victim’s right to speedy justice. The warrant that the court will now issue will be final.