Nirbhaya gang-rape: SC to hear curative pleas of 2 death row convicts today
Lucknow: The Supreme Court will hear curative petitions of two of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case today. A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan will hear the curative petitions filed by convicts Vinay Sharma and Mukesh.
The petitions came just days after a Delhi court scheduled the execution of all the four convicts for January 22, at Tihar Jail.
In the event of the curative plea being dismissed by the apex court, the convicts still have the option to file a mercy plea before President Ram Nath Kovind. Two other death-row convicts, Akshay and Pawan Gupta have not filed curative petitions.
In his plea filed through advocate A P Singh, convict Vinay Kumar Sharma said his “young age has been erroneously rejected as a mitigating factor”.
The Supreme Court had recently dismissed a review petition filed by another convict Akshay Singh, to review its earlier order that confirmed the death penalty in the case.
The 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in Delhi by six persons before being thrown on the road. She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
In September 2013, a fast-track court held the four convicts guilty of 13 offences including gangrape, unnatural sexual assault and murder of the woman, and attempt to murder her male friend.
A fifth accused, Ram, hanged himself in his cell in Tihar, while the sixth, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was sent to a reform facility.
However, the Tihar jail administration performed dummy execution of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case.