Delhi court directs Tihar jail to file status report on scheduled execution of convicts in 2012 gangrape case by tomorrow

  • The court was hearing a plea by one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 gang rape and murder case, Mukesh Kumar Singh, seeking postponement of the date of his execution

  • The lawyer appearing for Mukesh told the court that there are subsequent developments that necessitate setting aside the death warrants

  • Mukesh's counsel moved the trial court immediately after the Delhi High Court declined to entertain his plea to set aside the 7 January order issuing his death warrant

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday directed Tihar jail authorities to file a proper report by Friday about the status of scheduled execution of convicts in the 2012 gangrape and murder case.

Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora passed the directions after the jail authorities said they have written to the Delhi government on the issue of scheduled execution on 22 January in view of pending remedies.

 Delhi court directs Tihar jail to file status report on scheduled execution of convicts in 2012 gangrape case by tomorrow

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The court was hearing a plea by one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 gang rape and murder case, Mukesh Kumar Singh, seeking postponement of the date of his execution on the ground that his mercy petition is pending with the President.

The lawyer appearing for Mukesh told the court that there are subsequent developments that necessitate setting aside the death warrants.

Mukesh's counsel moved the trial court immediately after the Delhi High Court declined to entertain his plea to set aside the 7 January order issuing his death warrant and asked them to approach the lower court.

A 23-year-old paramedic student was gang raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of 16 and 17 December, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road.

She died on 29 December, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

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Updated Date: Jan 16, 2020 16:36:15 IST