The four convicts — Mukesh (31), Pawan Gupta (24), Vinay Sharma (25) and Akshay Kumar Singh (33) — in the December 2012 gangrape case. (File)
Hours after the Supreme Court Tuesday rejected the curative pleas of two of the four death row convicts in the December 16 gangrape case, one of them—Mukesh Singh—has filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind, news agency PTI quoted Tihar officials as saying.
Earlier in the day, a five-judge bench, comprising Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, dismissed the plea filed by the convicts Vinay Sharma and Mukesh after a Delhi court scheduled the execution of all the four convicts for January 22, at Tihar Jail.
Two other death-row convicts, Akshay and Pawan Gupta have not filed curative petitions.
In his plea filed through advocate A P Singh, convict Vinay Kumar Sharma said his “young age has been erroneously rejected as a mitigating factor”.
The Supreme Court had recently dismissed a review petition filed by another convict Akshay Singh, to review its earlier order that confirmed the death penalty in the case.
The 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in Delhi by six persons before being thrown on the road. She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
In September 2013, a fast-track court held the four convicts guilty of 13 offences including gangrape, unnatural sexual assault and murder of the woman, and attempt to murder her male friend. A fifth accused, Ram, hanged himself in his cell in Tihar, while the sixth, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was sent to a reform facility.