Nirbhaya: Mercy Plea of convict Vinay Sharma rejected by President

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Published: February 1,2020 11:37 AM

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President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday has rejected the mercy petition of Nirbhaya convict Vinay Sharma

February 1, 2020: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday has rejected the mercy petition of Nirbhaya convict Vinay Sharma, a day after a Delhi court indefinitely postponed the execution of all convicts after they sought a stay on their hanging. The four men - Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh Singh and Akshay Singh - convicted in the 2012 gangrape and killing of a 23-year-old paramedical student in Delhi were due to be executed at 6 am on February 1, but late on Friday evening a Delhi court, noting that a decision had not yet been taken on Vinay Sharma's mercy plea, handed them a last-minute reprieve, yet again.

The four will now not hang until further orders in the case, Delhi's Patiala House Court said. They had originally been sentenced to hang on January 22 but that was postponed after Mukesh Singh's mercy plea was rejected. With Advocate AP Singh, the counsel for Pawan, Vinay and Akshay contending that their legal remedies were yet to be exhausted, the hanging date remains uncertain. As of now, only Mukesh has exhausted all his legal remedies including the clemency plea which was dismissed by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 17 and the appeal against the rejection was thrown out by the Supreme Court on January 29. Reacting in anguish to the delay in the hanging, Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi said she will continue her fight till the convicts are hanged. The recent mercy plea rejection means the earliest the four can be hanged is February 15; rules state a convict must be given 14 days between the rejection of a mercy plea and his execution.