Week to exercise all legal remedies: HC to Nirbhaya convicts

Court also refuses Centre’s request to hang the convicts separately.

New Delhi: The convicts in the Nirbhaya case will get one week to exercise all their legal remedies, after which the trial court will begin proceedings for their execution, the Delhi High Court said today, settling the Centre’s petition against the indefinite freeze on execution placed by the lower court. The judges, however, refused to hang the convicts separately, which was also part of the Centre’s request.

“Delhi Prison Rules do not say that if mercy petition of one convict is pending, the execution of the other convicts can take place,” said Justice Suresh Kait, who was hearing the case.

“Since upto the Supreme Court, their fate has been decided by a common judgment, I am of the opinion that death warrant of all convicts should be executed together and not separately,” the court added.

“I’m glad that the High Court has set a time limit for the process. The convicts have been delaying it, now it has to done within a week,” Nirbhaya’s mother told reporters.

Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh Singh and Akshay Singh – convicted for the shocking gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student dubbed Nirbhaya by the media in Delhi in 2012 – were to be executed on February 1.

But the trial court postponed the execution indefinitely after a second convict, Vinay Sharma, filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind. As his appeal was turned down, another convict, Akshay Singh, filed his mercy plea.

The Centre contended that the convicts were working in tandem, using every possible loophole to delay the execution.

“The accused are trying the patience of the nation. Such delays will shake the faith of people in the administration of justice,” Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said, asking that the execution of the two convicts who exhausted all the legal options be carried out.

The four convicts, along with two others — one of them a minor — had attacked the gang-raped the young woman and tortured her with an iron rod in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012.

President rejects clemency petition: President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy petition of Akshay Kumar Singh, one of the four men facing the gallows in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, Home Ministry officials said on Wednesday. Singh filed the mercy petition before the president a few days ago.

Centre moves Supreme court against High Court order: The Centre and the Delhi government Wednesday moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court’s order rejecting the government’s plea against staying the execution of the four December 16 gangrape-murder case convicts.

Convicts Will be hanged soon: Law Minister prasad tells LS: Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad assured Lok Sabha that the convicts will be hanged soon. “We are very strict…justice will be given to her. Convicts will be hanged soon,” Prasad said in Parliament on Wednesday.