Mumbai: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday rejected the mercy plea filed by Nirbhaya gang rape and murder convict Mukesh Singh.
This comes when the Ministry of Home Affairs sent a mercy petition to the President and recommended his rejection. Singh filed the petition after the Supreme Court rejected his curative petition.
The mercy petition was delayed in the execution of the four convicts, which was to be held on 22 January.
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According to jail rules, execution can take place at least 14 days after the President rejects the mercy petition.
Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta were to be hanged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail at 7 am on January 22, after a trial court judge asked a young medical student to sign a death warrant after seven years last week Was announced. She was raped, tortured and killed in a moving bus.
The last legal appeal against the death sentences of Mukesh Singh and Vinay Sharma was dismissed by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court on Tuesday. This was his last chance for a mercy petition. Three other convicts have not yet filed their mercy petitions, of which a convict is given a period of 14 days before hanging after his rejection.