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Nirbhaya Case: Feb 1 Hanging Unlikely, New Curative Petition Filed in SC

By Aditya Sharma . 29th January 2020 11:40am
Nirbhaya Case: Feb 1 Hanging Unlikely, New Curative Petition Filed in SC

On Tuesday, one of the convicts of December 16 gang-rape case, Akshay has filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court of India. A curative petition is the last constitutional help that is available to an individual whose review petition has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

Judges will hear this petition in their chambers and not in an open court. If it is being rejected, the convict Akshay will only have the option to send a mercy plea to President Ram Nath Kovind.

Meanwhile, SC is also likely to pronounce their verdict today in a petition which is being made by one of the other convicts, Mukesh Kumar. He has challenged the rejection of his mercy request citing "non-application of mind" by the President of India.

In response to this plea, SC has recently dismissed Delhi gang-rape convict Mukesh Singh’s plea against mercy rejection by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Lately, petitions by the convicts have been widely observed as desperate attempts to slow down there hanging. As of now, February 1 is the date that is decided for hanging all four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.

On the night of December 16 2012, a 23-year old paramedical student was mercilessly gang-raped in a moving bus in South Delhi by six people, including a juvenile. The juvenile was given three-year imprisonment in a reform facility and later on, he was released on 20 December 2015. One of the convicts committed suicide and was found dead in the Tihar jail. The rest four convicts were found guilty and awarded death sentence by the court.

One of the accused Pawan Gupta has not yet filed a curative petition in the court. It means that the death warrant for February 1 is not likely to be executed.