NEW DELHI :
“On January 22, four rapists will be hanged to death 7 years after the heinous crime ”
FOUR convicts in the sensational 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case will be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail, a Delhi court said on Tuesday, seven years after the heinous crime. 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).
Nirbhaya’s mother flashes victory sign along with lawyers after a court issued death warrants against the four convicts in the case, outside Patiala House Courts in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)
The convicts had no sign of fear or guilt on their faces. During the hearing, the prosecution said there was no application pending before any court or the President right now by any of the convicts and the review petition of all the convicts was dismissed by the Supreme Court. While urging the court to issue the death warrants, the prosecution said, “In between issuance and execution of death warrants of the convicts want to file curative petitions they can do so.” The counsel for two of the convicts - Mukesh and Vinay - said they were in the process of filing curative petition in the Supreme Court.
The trial court had earlier directed Tihar jail authorities to seek within a week response from the four death row convicts as to whether they were filing mercy pleas against their executions with the President of India. It was hearing the applications moved by Nirbhaya’s parents and the prosecution (Delhi Government) seeking issuance of death warrant against the convict.
The Supreme Court on December 18 had dismissed the plea of Akshay seeking review of its decision, saying review petition is not “re-hearing of appeal over and over again” and it had already considered the mitigating and aggravating circumstances while upholding the death penalty. The 23-year-old paramedic student, referred to as Nirbhaya, was gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road. She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
On July 9 last year, the apex court had dismissed the review pleas filed by the other three convicts in the case, saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the 2017 verdict. One of the six accused in the case, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail here. A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board and was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term. The top court in its 2017 verdict had upheld the capital punishment awarded to them by the Delhi High Court and the trial court. CONG WELCOMES VERDICT: The Congress on Tuesday welcomed the issuance of death warrants against the four Nirbhaya case convicts saying it would give peace to her family and the country, but rued the delay in justice delivery. The convicts will be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail, a Delhi court said on Tuesday. Welcoming the order, Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev told PTI, “I feel justice delayed is justice denied. After changing so many laws, after the Verma committee report, still it took seven years.”
“I heard somewhere that the Government has said it will remove the right to appeal in a serious heinous crime. I feel right to appeal should not be totally done away with...But even in appellate jurisdiction in a serious crime like Nirbhaya, it should be time bound,” the Mahila Congress chief said. Justice delivered to Nirbhaya, says BJP: AFTER a Delhi court on Tuesday ordered hanging of four Nirbhaya gang rape and murder convicts on January 22, the BJP said justice has been delivered to the victim and that the verdict will empower women and strengthen people’s faith in the judiciary. “Justice delivered to Nirbhaya.
A Delhi court’s verdict to execute 4 convicts will empower women and strengthen people’s faith on judiciary,” BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar tweeted. Four convicts in the sensational 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case will be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail, a Delhi court said. The order was pronounced by Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora who issued death warrants gainst them. Death warrants against convicts a big relief: Nirbhaya’s grandfather: THE death warrants against the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case has come as a big relief, said her grandfather at their native village here on Tuesday.
The convicts—Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Singh and Pawan Gupta—will be hanged on January 22 after Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora issued death warrants against them. Nirbhaya’s grandfather at her native village bordering Bihar said, “Though late, the family has got justice.” Nirbhaya convicts to be executed in Jail No 3; Tihar to approach Meerut hangman: THE four convicts in the Nirbhaya case will be executed in Jail No 3, a senior Tihar Jail official said on Tuesday, hours after a Delhi court issued death warrants against them and declared that they will be hanged at 7 am on January 22.