2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case: Convict Akshay Kumar Singh files second mercy petition ahead of his scheduled hanging on 20 March

New Delhi: The 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case convict Akshay Kumar Singh has filed a second mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind just three days before his scheduled hanging on 20 March.

 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case: Convict Akshay Kumar Singh files second mercy petition ahead of his scheduled hanging on 20 March

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Officials at Tihar Jail, where the hanging is scheduled to take place, said Kumar filed the petition addressed to the President on Tuesday evening.

"This plea will also be forwarded to the Ministry of Home Affairs through the Delhi government," they said.

However, the petition will not delay the execution, according to a senior jail official. Earlier, the first petition of Kumar was quashed by the President.

On 5 March this year, a trial court had issued fresh warrants with 20 March, 5.30 am, as the date for the execution of the four convicts in the case, Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).

This is the fourth death warrant against the convicts as the earlier three warrants were deferred pending the exhaustion of legal remedies by the convicts.

After the fresh death warrant was issued, the Tihar Jail authorities wrote to their counterparts in Uttar Pradesh requesting for the service of hangman Pawan Jallad, a senior jail official said.

Pawan Jallad, a hangman from Meerut, reached the Tihar Jail on Tuesday.

A 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang-raped and savagely assaulted in a moving bus in south Delhi on 16 December, 2012. She died after a fortnight.

Six people, including the four convicts and a juvenile, were named as accused. Ram Singh, the sixth accused, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail days after the trial began in the case.

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Updated Date: Mar 18, 2020 11:27:15 IST