Four men who raped a girl in 2012 to be hanged on January 22: Delhi Court
New Delhi : A Delhi Court on Tuesday issued a black warrant ordering execution of four men who had raped and tortured a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in 2012. They will be hanged at 7am on January 22, the court ordered.
The trial in the case was completed within a year in the trial court, but it was after years when the High Court confirmed their death penalty. In 2017, Supreme Court rejected the first set of appeals against the conviction.
At Tuesday’s hearing, he had heard the public prosecutor argue that the black warrant could be issued even before the convicts exercise their legal options. The suggestion that the court should wait for petitions to be filed by the convicts and decided was a delaying tactic, the public prosecutor argued.
After the December hearing, jail authorities had issued a notice to the convicts on December 18 - Akshay, Vinay, Pawan and Mukesh - who are on the death row for gang-rape.
One of the six who were on the bus got off lightly because he was not an adult. Another one allegedly committed suicide in jail. The remaining four were convicted and sentenced to death.
Later, three of them filed a review petition in the Supreme Court which got rejected and while the Tihar Jail authorities were preparing for the execution, the fourth man also filed a review petition, which was also rejected by the apex court.