Supreme Court of India. (Photo: Mint)
Supreme Court of India. (Photo: Mint)

2012 Delhi gangrape case: SC adjourns hearing to 11 February

  • Delhi HC had given convicts one week to exhaust legal options
  • SC turned down solicitor general's request for issuing notices to convicts

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday adjourned to 11 February hearing on the Centre's plea against a Delhi High Court order refusing to dismiss a stay on the execution of four death row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case.

The top court observed that the Delhi High Court had given the four death-row convicts in the case one week to exhaust their legal options, which will expire on February 11. The order came after the Centre's appeal against a trial court order deferring the execution of the four convicts.

The Supreme Court today also turned down solicitor general Tushar Mehta's request for issuing notices to convicts on the Centre's plea.

A trial court on 31 January had stayed "till further orders" the execution of the four convicts in the case -- Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma, and Akshay Kumar -- who are lodged in Tihar Jail.

Mukesh, Vinay and Akshay have exhausted all legal remedies. Pawan is yet to file a curative petition in the Supreme Court and a mercy petition before the president.

In December 2012, a 23-year-old woman was brutally assaulted and raped by six people in a moving bus in south Delhi, an incident which prompted nationwide protests. She succumbed to her injuries on 29 December at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

One of the six was let off after three years in custody because he was a minor. The sixth, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide at Tihar jail a few months before the trial court delivered its verdict.

Meanwhile, a Delhi court also dismissed Tihar jail authorities' plea seeking fresh date for execution of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana took note of the Delhi High Court's 5 February order permitting the convicts to exercise their legal remedies within one week.

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