Nirbhaya Case: Fresh death warrant issued for Nirbhaya Convict to be hanged on 20 March at 6:00 am
A Patiala House, New Delhi Court today issued fresh death warrant in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case for the execution of death sentences of four convicts on March 20 at 6 M. As per the warrant, the four convicts ie. Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh and Vinay will be hanged on March 20 at 5.30 am.
The Tihar Jail Authorities had moved the Additional Sessions Court yesterday for issuance of a fresh date for execution of death warrant, hours after the President rejected the mercy petition of the fourth convict in the Nirbhaya case, Pawan Gupta. “It is hereby directed that convicts will now be hanged by neck till death on March 20, 6am”, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana of Patila Court Courts.
The convicts were earlier scheduled to be hanged on March 3. But that was postponed until further orders by ASJ Dharmender Rana on March 2 on the ground that mercy petition of Pawan Kumar Gupta was pending. On Tuesday, Pawan’s mercy plea was rejected by the President.
The death warrant issued today marks the fourth such execution order issued in the case. The convicts were earlier scheduled to be hanged on March 3 at 6 am, as per the last death warrant issued on February 17.
After that, the present petition was moved under section 413 of Criminal Procedure Code, stating that mercy petitions of all the four convicts, namely Mukesh, Vinay, Pawan, and Akshay, have been rejected by the President of India.
Therefore, there’s no application pending on behalf of any of the convicts before any court.
The application also talked about the High Court order in the revision petition moved the Centre, wherein a period of 7 days have been given to the convicts to exhaust all their legal remedies.
A fresh death warrant was sought on the ground that, as on today, none of the petitions of any of the convicts is pending before any court or constitutional authority, and accordingly, nothing survives as on today.