Nirbhaya case: Hearing on death warrant plea adjourned till Feb 17

New Delhi: A Delhi court has adjourned for February 17 the hearing on the plea of the state and Nirbhaya’s parents seeking issuance of the death warrant, as a petition challenging the rejection of mercy plea of convict Vinay is pending before the Supreme Court.

The lawyers of the victim’s parents have objected to adjourning the matter for February 17, and have asked for hearing the matter on February 15. The Patiala House Court observed that Article 21 of the Constitution protects the life and liberty of the convicts till the last breath of life.

The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved the order on the issue of rejection of mercy petition of Vinay Kumar Sharma, one of the convicts in Nirbhaya gang-rape case.

A bench of Justice R Banumathi heard the case and the order has been reserved for Friday at 2 pm. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing on behalf of the Delhi government, said that convict Vinay Sharma was not kept in solitary confinement as it was argued by convict’s lawyer AP Singh in the Supreme Court.

The case pertains to the gang-rape and brutalising of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile in Delhi. She died at a Singapore hospital a few days later.

One of the five adults accused, Ram Singh, had committed suicide in Tihar Jail during the trial of the case.

I have full faith in the Supreme Court. I am hoping that the death warrant is expected to be issued on Monday (February 17). One day, all the four convicts will be hanged. —Asha Devi, Nirbahya’s mother

Viewpoint: “Give him one chance,” said mother of Mukesh Kumar. His brother Ram Singh, the prime accused, committed suicide in Tihar. The mother of the third convict Vinay Sharma said that five people cannot be hanged for the death of one person.