2012 gangrape and murder case: Had made all necessary preparations for execution of four convicts, say Tihar jail authorities after deferment

Delhi's Tihar Jail authorities had made all necessary preparations for the hanging of four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case which was scheduled for Tuesday, officials said Monday. However, on Monday evening, a city court deferred the hanging till further orders.

Press Trust of India March 02, 2020 23:55:54 IST
2012 gangrape and murder case: Had made all necessary preparations for execution of four convicts, say Tihar jail authorities after deferment
  • Postponing the execution, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana said the hanging cannot be carried out pending disposal of Pawan Gupta's mercy plea before the President

  • The judge observed that any condemned convict must not meet his ‘Creator’ with grievance against courts for not acting fairly on the opportunity to exhaust legal remedies

  • 'We had made all the necessary arrangements for the execution of the four convicts which was scheduled for Tuesday at 6 am,' a senior jail official said

New Delhi: Delhi's Tihar Jail authorities had made all necessary preparations for the hanging of four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case which was scheduled for Tuesday, officials said Monday. However, on Monday evening, a city court deferred the hanging till further orders.

Postponing the execution, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana said the hanging cannot be carried out pending disposal of Pawan Gupta's mercy plea before the President, observing that any condemned convict must not meet his ‘Creator’ with grievance against courts for not acting fairly on the opportunity to exhaust legal remedies.

2012 gangrape and murder case Had made all necessary preparations for execution of four convicts say Tihar jail authorities after deferment

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"We had made all the necessary arrangements for the execution of the four convicts which was scheduled for Tuesday at 6 am. Now, the execution has been postponed and we are waiting for the further order by the court," a senior jail official said.

The hanging of the four men — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan — who are lodged in Tihar jail, was fixed for 3 March in Tihar jail on a court order.

"We had checked the ropes. Hangman was called and dummy executions were carried out," another senior jail official said.

Barring Pawan, the other three had in the previous weeks moved curative petitions and mercy pleas which were all dismissed.

The first date of execution was 22 January which was fixed on 7 January was postponed by the court to 1 February. But on 31 January, the court indefinitely postponed the hanging. On 17 February, the court again issued fresh date for execution of death warrants for 3 March at 6 am.

The court in its orders observed that the four convicts cannot be hanged since a mercy plea of one or the other convict was pending.

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