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Nirbhaya Gangrape Case: SC Dismisses Plea of Convict Mukesh Kumar Against Rejection of Mercy Petition

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The SC in Delhi gangrape case has rejected the plea filed by the convict Mukesh Kumar against the rejection of mercy petition and said that the expeditious disposal of a plea does not mean non-application of mind by the President of India. After the Supreme Court’s decision, the way for the hanging of the culprits in the gangrape of Nirbhaya has been cleared. Dismissing the plea of ​​convict Mukesh, he said that the death sentence will not stop on the basis of alleged exploitation in jail.

Mukesh Kumar had alleged that there were procedural lapses in the President’s rejection of his mercy petition. Earlier, a three-member bench of R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna questioned senior advocate Anjana Prakash appearing on behalf of Mukesh Kumar as to how he can claim that while considering mercy petition before the President All facts were not kept.

The Center, while requesting the dismissal of Mukesh Kumar’s plea had told the bench that misbehavior with such heinous offenders in jail cannot be the basis of mercy. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said all necessary documents were placed before the President, including the medical report certifying the convict’s fitness. He said allegations of sexual abuse and solitary confinements were not valid grounds to grant mercy.

President Ram Nath Kovind had rejected the mercy petition of Mukesh on January 17. The four death row convicts in the case are scheduled to be hanged on February 1 at 6am. The convict had requested for immediate hearing on his plea against the dismissal of the mercy petition. On behalf of Mukesh, senior advocate Anjana Prakash had mentioned all the decisions on the death sentence and the President’s right to give mercy.