Delhi Court issues new death warrant to execute 4 gang rape convicts at 6 am on March 3.
A Delhi court hearing a petition filed by the parents of 2012 Delhi gangrape victims seeking death warrant for the four convicts reserved its order. The judge is in his chamber, and will be dictating the order soon.At the hearing today, Tihar Jail’s law officer handed over a status report to the court.
Special Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan apprised the court about the current status of the case and also stated that three out of four convicts have already exhausted their legal remedies.
And as of date, there is no petition pending in any court, Mohan said, arguing that death warrant can be issued.
He also mentioned that Delhi High Court had given seven-day time to the convicts and that period is over.
Meanwhile, Mukesh Kumar Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, told the court on Monday that he does not want to be represented by advocate Vrinda Grover.
Mukesh’s mother, who was also present in the court, started crying and pleaded that his son’s death sentence should be commuted to life sentence.Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana was also informed by AP Singh, the lawyer of the convicts, that one of them, Vinay Sharma, is on hunger strike in Tihar jail since February 11.
At the last hearing on Thursday, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana had pointed to the rights of the convicts under Article 21 of the Constitution for posting the matter for further hearing on Monday.
The judge had also appointed an advocate to represent Pawan Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the case, after he refused to take a lawyer offered by the Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DLSA) as legal aid.
The parents of the 2012 Delhi gangrape case victim, through their lawyer, had told the court during the hearing on Thursday that patience of the society is being tested by this case.
The parents of the victim moved the Delhi court for issuance of fresh death warrant after the seven-day period given by the Delhi high court expired on February 12.
The date of execution for the four convicts - Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31) - was first fixed for January 22 in Tihar jail, was later postponed for 6 am on February 1 by a January 17 court order.
The physiotherapy intern was gang-raped and savagely assaulted on the night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. She died of her injuries a fortnight later in a Singapore hospital.
Six people - the four convicts, Ram Singh and a juvenile - were named as accused.
The trial of the five adult men began in a special fast-track court in March 2013.
Ram Singh, the prime accused, committed suicide by hanging himself in Tihar jail days after the trial began. The juvenile, who was said to be the most brutal of the attackers, was put in a correctional home for three years.
He was released in 2015 and sent to an undisclosed location amid concerns over a threat to his life. He, when released, was 20 years old.
Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay and Pawan were sentenced to death in September 2013 by the trial court.
Source: Hindustan Times