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Nirbhaya Case: Will Convicts Be Hanged on March 3 Or More Delays Expected?

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A Delhi court On Monday issued a fresh death warrants for March 3 at 6 am against the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. But there are still doubts about the execution of the convicts. The manner in which the death sentence of Nirbhaya’s convicts has been postponed for the last two times has strengthened this scepticism even more. However, there is still doubt about its implementation because one of the culprits still has legal options left.

The court issued fresh death warrants for March 3 at 6 am against the four death row convicts – Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31) – in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. The fresh date of execution was issued by Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana.

Pawan’s counsel informed the court that he wanted to move curative petition before the Supreme Court and the mercy plea against the death sentence before the President. Pawan is the only one among the four convicts who has not yet filed the curative petition that the last legal remedy available to a person, which is decided in-chamber. He has not filed the mercy plea either.

Last Thursday, the court had appointed Qazi to represent Gupta after being informed by Tihar jail authorities that the death row convict refused to choose a lawyer offered by Delhi Legal Services Authorities (DLSA). Qazi told Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana that he had met his client and intended to file a corrective petition in the Supreme Court or a mercy petition before the President.

One of the four convicts is Pawan, who has not yet filed a corrective petition. He has not even filed a mercy petition yet. According to the 2014 judgment of the Supreme Court, after being informed that the mercy petition has been dismissed, a person must mandatorily give 14 days before being given the death penalty.