Nirbhaya Rape Case: Delhi HC to rule today on Centre’s plea against stay on convicts’ execution

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday will pronounce the order on the Centre’s plea challenging the stay on the execution of four convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape-murder case. The court had reserved the order on Sunday.

Last week, a trial court had postponed the execution of death warrants issued against the four convicts, saying the country cannot afford to discriminate against a death row convict in pursuit of legal remedies.

On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old woman was gangraped and assaulted inside a moving bus in South Delhi by six persons, before being thrown out on the road. She died on December 29, 2012 at a hospital in Singapore.

Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had told Justice Suresh Kait that there was a deliberate design by the death row convicts to “frustrate mandate of law” by getting their execution delayed.

“Not hanging the convicts will send a wrong message to the society at large,” the SG further said.”

He also cited last year’s alleged police “encounter” in Hyderabad & said the public celebration of the killing of all four accused in the rape-murder case was indicative of “depreciation in the country’s judicial system”. All four accused in rape & murder of a Hyderabad veterinarian were shot dead by Telangana Police in December last year when they were taken to the site to recreate the crime scene.

Nirbhaya’s parents move Delhi HC: Nirbhaya’s parents moved HC requesting for early disposal of plea filed by Central government & Tihar jail authorities challenging the stay on convicts’ execution, for which a special hearing took place last weekend. Justice Suresh Kumar Kait, who is hearing the matter, ensured the counsel that it will pass the order at the earliest. The HC had reserved its order on plea of Central govt & Tihar Jail authorities challenging Patiala House court order, which stayed the execution of four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape & murder case.

Vice President Naidu calls for early execution of convicts: The V-P & RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu extended his support to AAP lawmaker Sanjay Singh’s call for early execution of convicts in Nirbhaya gang-rape case.“We cannot allow this sort of thing to go on in this country. People have been given all opportunities, after all, legal remedies exhausted. But by some process or the other, if this is getting delayed, all concerned must know that judgment is implemented at the earliest.”

Javadekar blames Delhi govt for delay in convicts’ execution: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar held CM Kejriwal-led Delhi government responsible for delay in execution of death sentence awarded to four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case. “The appeal of the convicts was rejected by SC in 2017 but jail authorities took more than a year to complete the process for informing the convicts. The delay is due to state government,” he said in Rajya Sabha.

Singh’s notice in RS over demand to expedite death sentence: AAP MP Sanjay Singh gave Zero Hour notice in RS over ‘demand to expedite the death sentence of 2012 Delhi gang-rape convicts.’ A Delhi court stayed till further orders the execution of the four convicts, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, & Vinay Sharma, which was earlier scheduled to take place on February 1. One of the five adult accused, Ram Singh, had committed suicide in Tihar jail.