Convict moves SC challenging rejection of mercy plea

New Delhi: Vinay Sharma, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President of India, his lawyer AP Singh told ANI on Tuesday.

“Vinay Sharma has filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court challenging the mercy petition rejection by President of India,” Singh said. On February 1, President Ram Nath Kovind had rejected the mercy petition of Vinay Sharma in the case. The mercy petitions of convicts Akshay Thakur and Mukesh Singh have also been rejected.

Delhi HC on February 5 granted a week’s time to the four convicts to avail of all legal remedies available to them and said that the convicts cannot be hanged separately since they were convicted for the same crime. A Delhi Court had issued a death warrant against the four convicts Vinay Sharma, Akhsay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh on January 7 and they were scheduled to be executed on January 22 at Tihar Jail. Later, the execution was suspended indefinitely by a Delhi court.

The case pertains to gang-rape and brutalizing of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile in Delhi. The woman had died at a Singapore hospital. One of the five adults accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Jail.