Death warrant

All the four convicts in the December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case will be hanged on January 22 at 7 a.m. inside the Tihar jail.

Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora issued the death warrants for convicts on a plea by the victim’s parents to expedite their execution. Before passing the order, the judge conducted a video conference call with the convicts who are lodged in Tihar to hear their side of the argument.

The National Commission for Women (NCW) said the verdict would act as deterrent to crime against women.

What did Supreme Court say earlier?

On December 18 last, the Supreme Court dismissed a review petition filed by convict Akshay Kumar Singh against its 2017 judgment upholding his death penalty.

In July 2018, the top court dismissed the review petitions of Mukesh (30), Gupta (23) and Sharma (24), saying no grounds have been made by them for a review of the 2017 verdict.

A juvenile convict in the case has been released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term. One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, died in the Tihar Jail.

What are the options available with convicts?

The convicts can still move a curative petition before the top court against their conviction and death penalty. Once the curative petition, the last judicial resort available for redressal of grievances in a court of law, is dismissed, the convicts can seek a pardon from the President.

Article 72 of the Constitution says the President has the power “to grant pardons, etc, and to suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases”.

Source: The Hindu

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