The Delhi Government has rejected the mercy plea of Mukesh Singh, one of the death row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case (also known as Nirbhaya case). The mercy plea was then forwarded to Lieutenant Governor, who has now sent it to Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
Mukesh’s mercy petition will be then sent to President Ram Nath Kovind, who will give his decision on the basis of their recommendations.
The decision came after the Delhi High Court refused to entertain the government’s request to set aside the January 22nd, 2020 death warrant of the convicts. The Delhi government on January 15th, 2020 told the Delhi Court that the execution of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya case will not take place on January 22nd, 2020 as one of them has filed a mercy petition.
A sessions court in Delhi on January 7th, 2020 had issued death warrants to the four convicts – Mukhesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Pawan Gupta – in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, paving the way for their death sentence.
Mukesh had filed a mercy petition on January 14th, 2020 against his pending capital punishment. He and Vinay had earlier filed a curative plea before the Supreme Court, however, it was rejected.
The Nirbhaya gang-rape incident occurred on December 16th, 2012 in Munirka in South Delhi. A 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern was beaten, gang-raped, and tortured in a government bus by six men. Eleven days after the assault, she was transferred to a hospital in Singapore but succumbed to her injuries two days later.
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