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.
Supreme Court dismisses petition (of 2012 Delhi gangrape convict Mukesh) and says there is no merit in the contention, alleged torture can't be a ground, all documents were placed before the President & he had taken them into consideration. pic.twitter.com/1C9dFrZrlE— ANI (@ANI) January 29, 2020
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.