Nirbhaya Case: Convicts to be hanged on March 20 as President rejects last mercy plea

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Published: March 6,2020 04:11 PM
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March 05, 2020: The four convicts in the Delhi gang-rape case will be hanged at 5.30 am on March 20, a Delhi court ordered on Thursday. This is the fourth death warrant to be issued by the court in th

March 05, 2020: The four convicts in the Delhi gang-rape case will be hanged at 5.30 am on March 20, a Delhi court ordered on Thursday. This is the fourth death warrant to be issued by the court in the case.



The order came a day after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the last mercy petition of Pawan Gupta; with this, all the four convicts have exhausted all the legal options available to them.



The death warrant was issued a day after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy petition of Pawan Gupta, the last of the four death row convicts. With the President's rejection, the convicts had exhaust all options for relief from the death sentence.



Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana fixed March 20 as the new date of execution after it was told by the Delhi government that the convicts have exhausted all their legal remedies. The lawyer for the four death row convicts also told the court that there was no legal impediment for court in proceeding to fix the date of execution.



The case pertains to the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old girl, Nirbhaya, in the Capital in December 2012. Six people, including the four convicts and a juvenile, were named as accused.



Ram Singh, the sixth accused, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail days after the trial began in the case. The juvenile was released in 2015 after spending three years in a correctional home.