'Reject mercy plea of Nirbhaya case convict'; Delhi L-G Anil Baijal tells home ministry amid outrage over Hyderabad vet's rape and murder

  • Home Ministry received recommendation of Delhi government rejecting mercy plea of one convict in 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case

  • Nirbhaya was gang-raped on 16 December 2012, later she succumbed to her injuries

  • Delhi government's rejection of mercy plea comes at a time when there is nationwide outrage over gang-rape, murder of 25-year-old Hyderabad vet

New Delhi: The Home Ministry has received the recommendation of the Delhi government rejecting the mercy plea of one of the convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case, officials said on Wednesday.

 Reject mercy plea of Nirbhaya case convict; Delhi L-G Anil Baijal tells home ministry amid outrage over Hyderabad vets rape and murder

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The file rejecting the mercy plea was sent by Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to the home ministry. The file will be examined by the home ministry and then it will be forwarded to President Ram Nath Kovind for consideration and final decision.

Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts facing the gallows for the gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student, had filed the mercy petition before the President. Nirbhaya was gang-raped on 16 December 2012. She later succumbed to her injuries. The brutality of the rape had rocked the nation leading to massive protests.

The Delhi government's rejection of the mercy plea comes at a time when there is nationwide outrage over the gang-rape and murder of a 25-year-old veterinarian in Hyderabad.

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Updated Date: Dec 04, 2019 17:19:48 IST