Nirbhaya Case: Hanging Deferred For The Third Time
Hanging of the four convicts of Nirbhaya case was deferred for the third time today. A judge in Delhi High Court stopped their execution citing legal reasons.
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Akshay Thakur (31), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Mukesh Singh (32) are trying their best to escape the gallows in one pretext or another. The court said that the convicts must get all opportunities to get legal remedies.
The convicts had been filing petition after petition to buy time. Pawan Gupta filled a mercy petition before the President Ram Nath Kovind after the Supreme Court rejected his curative petition today morning. He waited till the last moment to file mercy petition and rushed to the court in the last hour to defer execution.
Seema Kushwaha, the prosecution lawyer said that couldn’t the court understand the manipulation of law. She further said that it took years to get justice. Central government also approached the apex court last month to request a change in laws that help criminals.
The execution of Nirbhaya convicts had been deferred twice before on January 22 and February 1. On February 5, the High Court allowed the four convicts a week to explore all legal remedies including mercy petition and one of the convicts filed his mercy petition at the last moment. The court has already said that the four can’t be hanged separately.
The gruesome rape and murder took place on December 16, 2010 when the medical student was raped and murdered in a moving bus and here mutilated body thrown on the road.