The advocate of the Nirbhaya rape accused has yet again moved the Patiala House Court accusing that the Tihar Jail authorities are causing delay in filing mercy petitions. The plea moved by the lawyer of Nirbhaya convicts will be heard on Saturday at the Patiala House Court.
The lawyer has accused that Tihar Jail authorities are yet to release documents that are needed to file curative and mercy petitions for Vinay, Pawan, and Akshay, three of the four accused in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case.
The fourth convict, Mukesh Kumar, is the only one whose mercy petition has been rejected by President Ram Nath Kovind. The Nirbhaya rape and murder case convicts are scheduled to be hanged on February 1.
While the Centre on Wednesday had moved the apex court for fixing a seven-day deadline for executing death penalty of condemned prisoners. The plea of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) assumes significance in view of the death row convicts in the sensational Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case of 2012 filing review, curative and mercy petitions, which has delayed their hanging.
Ministry of Home Affairs also sought a direction that "if the convict of death sentence wants to file mercy petition, it would be mandatory for a convict of death sentence to do so only within a period of seven days from the date of receipt of death warrant issued by the competent court".