Nirbhaya Gang Rape: Mercy Plea Petition Rejected in SC
GUWAHATI: The Supreme Court on January 29 rejected the mercy plea petition of Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder case, against the rejection of mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind on 17 January.
A three-judge bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna said relevant records, the verdict of lower courts and apex court in the case were placed before the President. Suffering in prison cannot be a ground to grant mercy, the bench added.
Rebutting Mukesh Singh’s in the top court on January 28, the government’s second most-senior law officer Tushar Mehta had pointed to the many judgments that had criticized delays in decisions on mercy petitions. It is the delay that has a dehumanizing effect, Mehta said.
Mukesh Singh’s plea challenging the rejection of his mercy plea was the last legal remedy available to him to put off his execution on February 1. A Delhi court has ordered the execution of the four convicts in the case on February 1.
Before approaching the President to seek mercy, Mukesh Singh had filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court which was also rejected. Singh had moved the mercy plea after the Supreme Court dismissed his curative petition against his conviction and death sentence.
On December 16, 2012, the 23-year-old woman was brutally assaulted and raped by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi, an incident that triggered nationwide protests. She died from her injuries on 29 December at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.