Four convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case cannot be hanged on Jan 22: Delhi Court
New Delhi : For convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case cannot be executed on January 22, a Delhi court judge ruled on Thursday on a request by one of the convicts to put his execution on hold.
The judge put off the case after hearing the state and convict's lawyer for more than an hour; during the hearing, the lawyer argued on the law that a person cannot be executed before 14 days of rejection of his mercy petition.
Mukesh Singh, one of the four who was convicted for the gang rape and murder of the paramedic student on a cold December night, had petitioned the court to stay the death warrant signed by a court that ordered Tihar jail authorities to hang him at 7 am on January 22.
His lawyer Vrinda Grover argued that the Tihar Jail officials have flouted the law that requires prison officials to report the receipt of a mercy petition to the court that issues the death warrant.
She also complained that the Tihar Jail officials did not provide her access to some of the important documents in the case she required while filing the mercy petition. She said the jail authorities neither responded to her request nor agreed to sign her application on the absence of documents.
"I am being left to wolves who do not know or respect the law of the land," she said.