The Supreme Court has dismissed the Curative petition of Nirbhaya convict Pawan Gupta. The mercy petitions of the three other convicts Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar have already been dismissed by the President. The trial court on February 17 issued fresh date for execution of death warrants for March 3 at 6 am for the four convicts of Nirbhaya Case.
Pawan has requested to convert the death sentence to life imprisonment, claiming himself to be a minor at the time of the crime. This demand has also been rejected by the Supreme Court. Advocate AP Singh on Sunday filed an application in the registry of the Supreme Court and requested for oral hearing on Pawan’s corrective petition in open court.
A five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana, which considered the curative plea in-chamber, also rejected Pawan’s application seeking stay on the execution of death sentence which is scheduled for Tuesday. “The application for oral hearing is rejected. The application for stay of execution of death sentence is also rejected. The curative petition is dismissed…,” the bench, also comprising Justices Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, said.
The Patiala House Court has fixed the date of Tuesday 3 March for the execution of the Nirbhaya’s convict. However, according to legal experts, it will not be possible to give death sentence on March 3 in the event of Pawan filing a mercy petition. The mercy petition which is being rejected, a new death warrant will be issued and a new date will be set for the execution.