Mercy Rejection: Nirbhaya Convict Mukesh Singh seeks urgent hearing in SC

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New Delhi: Nirbhaya rape and murder convict Mukesh Singh on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing on his plea against dismissal of his mercy petition by the President.

The 32-year-old Singh’s mercy plea was dismissed by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 17.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) SA Bobde said: “If somebody is going to be hanged then nothing can be more urgent than this” and asked Singh’s counsel to approach the mentioning officer as the hanging is scheduled on February 1.

The bench also comprised justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant.

Singh had moved the mercy petition after the Supreme Court had dismissed his curative petition against his conviction and death sentence.

The four convicts- Mukesh Singh, Vinay Kumar, Pawan Kumar Gupta and Akshay Thakur- will be hanged on February 1.

Earlier, the SC had rejected a petition filed by convict Pawan Kumar claiming he was a juvenile at the time of the offence.

A 23-year-old paramedic student Nirbhaya was gang-raped inside a running bus by six persons on December 16, 2012, in Delhi. The victim was severely assaulted and thrown out on the road along with her male friend and succumbed to injuries a few days later. Out of the six convicts, one committed suicide in prison, while another, a juvenile, served maximum punishment of three years in a reform home and was set free in 2015. The remaining four rapists were convicted and handed the death penalty by the court.

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