Nirbhaya Case: Delhi Court Rejects Convicts' Plea Seeking Stay On Execution Tomorrow!!

The Patiala House Court on Monday rejected the pleas of two of the convicts, seeking a stay on their execution which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday morning. The court decided, however, to hear the lawyer of one of the two convicts, Pawan Kumar Gupta, after it was informed that he has filed a mercy plea before the President after his curative petition was dismissed by the Supreme Court earlier in the day.


Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana asked Pawan's lawyer, A P Singh, to come post-lunch to argue on why stay of execution be granted.

The court dismissed the applications for stay moved by Pawan and co-convict Akshay Kumar Singh. After the order was passed, Pawan's lawyer informed the court that he has filed a mercy plea before the President and the execution be stayed.

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Akshay, in his application for stay, had said that he has filed a fresh mercy petition before the President of India, which is pending.

He contended that his earlier mercy petition which was dismissed by the President did not have complete facts.

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Pawan had taken the ground that he has filed a curative petition before the Supreme Court. He had also said that he had an option to file a mercy petition.

Both the convicts told the court further that a number of other petitions are also pending before the Supreme Court and other authorities.

SC Dismisses Curative Petition Of Pawan

Earlier in the day the Supreme Court, rejected the curative petition of Pawan, a day ahead of the scheduled execution of the four convicts. The petition had sought commutation of his death penalty to life imprisonment.

A five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana said that no case is made out for re-examining the conviction and the punishment of the convict. Other members of the bench were justices Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.

The Supreme Court was on Monday hearing 'in chamber' the curative plea of Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case - a day before scheduled hanging.

Pawan was the last death row convict in the case to move the top court with his curative plea, the final legal remedy available to a person.

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