Nirbhaya case: Supreme Court to hear guilty plea on Tuesday, to be hanged on February 1

A photo of four people with name of Nirbhaya Gang Rape Case

Nirbhaya Case: The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday the petition of Mukesh, accused of rape and murder.

Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday the petition of Mukesh, accused of rape and murder. At 12.30 pm, the bench of Justice R Bhanumathi, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice AS Bopanna will hear the case. Mukesh has challenged the President’s decision to dismiss the mercy petition on 17 January. Earlier, Mukesh Singh, who was awarded death sentence in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, had approached the Supreme Court against the President’s dismissal of his mercy petition. On January 17, President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy petition of 32-year-old Mukesh Singh. A bench of Chief Justice S.A. Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Suryakant said, “Nothing can be more important if a person is to be hanged.”

Highest Priority: CJI said the early hearing is an important priority.

The bench said that if a person is to be hanged on  then it is a matter of highest priority. The bench asked Singh’s lawyer to go to the officer appointed to refer to the cases, as the date of execution of death is fixed on February 1. The bench said, “The execution of the case will be of top priority.” In this heinous crime of 2012, the court has issued the necessary warrant to hang four convicts for hanging at 6 am on February 1.

After Mukesh Kumar Singh’s corrective petition was dismissed in the apex court, he filed a mercy petition with the President. The court also dismissed the corrective petition of another convict Akshay Kumar. In this case, two other convicts – Pawan Gupta and Vinay Kumar Sharma, have not yet filed a corrective petition in the apex court. In this case, six persons were thrown on the road in a badly injured condition after gang-rape of 23-year-old Nirbhaya in a bus in south Delhi on December 16-17, 2012. Nirbhaya later died in a hospital in Singapore on 29 December. The main accused of this heinous crime, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail, while the other accused was a minor who was kept in a correctional home for three years.

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