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Nirbhaya Case: Convicts Mukesh, Vinay File Curative Petitions In Supreme Court Against Death Sentence

A Delhi Court Had Issued Death Warrants Against The Four Convicts In 2012 Nirbhaya Gangrape And Murder Case.

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Pawas Kumar | Updated on: 10 Jan 2020, 12:24:27 AM
Mukesh is the second convict, after Vinay Kumar Sharma, to file a curative petition in the case

Mukesh is the second convict, after Vinay Kumar Sharma, to file a curative petition in the case (Photo Credit: PTI File)

New Delhi:

Mukesh Singh, one of the four men sentenced to death in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, has filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court on Thursday. Mukesh is the second convict, after Vinay Kumar Sharma, to file a curative petition in the case. A curative petition is the last legal remedy available to a convict apart from mercy plea.

On January 7, the Patiala House court had issued death warrants against the four convicts of the 2012 gangrape and murder case. According to the black warrant, four convicts in the sensational 2012 Nirbhaya Gang gangrape and murder case will be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail. The order was pronounced by Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora who issued the death warrants against the four death row convicts -- Mukesh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).

The plea filed by Mukesh claimed that it was Ram Singh who was the main culprit in the case and Nirabhaya died of the wounds inflected by him. It claimed that Mukesh did not play a serious role in the incident. It also cited the numbers of rape and muder cases where Supreme Court or various High Courts have turned the death sentence into life imprisonment. The plea also said that Mukesh's case was affected by media and political pressure. It called for an open hearing of the curitive petition.

News Nation has also accessed the plea filed by Vinay Kumar Sharma. In his petition, Sharma asked the top court to, “…allow the present curative petition and set aside the final common judgment…pass any other or further order(s) as this Hon’ble Court may deem fit in the facts and circumstances of the present case and in the interest of justice and equity…and for this act of kindness, the petitioners as in duty bound shall ever pray.”

Sources said the jail authorities will approach the Uttar Pradesh prison authority asking for a hangman from Meerut to carry out the executions. The four convicts will be kept in isolated cells and will not be allowed to interact with other prisoners. Their family members, however, can visit them any time, the official said.

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According to an earlier report by The Indian Express, the Buxar Central Jail is ready to supply its famed "Manila" rope for the hanging of the convicts, and 10 such ropes have been readied to be supplied to the capital’s Tihar Jail. The jail has expertise in making the wax-coated manila rope that it sells for Rs 180 a kg and which can easily withstand the tension caused by the fall of a person weighing up to 80 kg sent. The jail produced several kinds of ropes used with handcuffs and for pitching tents. Clothes and durries are also woven by its inmates. The jail, probably the only one in the country making manila rope, supplies several types of ropes to different jails.

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First Published : 09 Jan 2020, 10:06:11 PM

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