Nirbhaya Case | SC rejects convict Vinay Sharma's plea challenging rejection of mercy petition by President Kovind
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Friday rejected the petition of death-row convict Vinay Kumar Sharma challenging the rejection of the mercy petition by President Kovind.
In its order, the apex court said that the medical reports of Vinay claim that he is psychologically fit and his medical condition is stable. The order was passed by a bench comprising of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna.
"All material including Vinay Sharma's medical report placed before President who applied his mind in rejection of mercy plea," the top court observed.
Vinay Sharma, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, had filed a writ petition before the Supreme Court challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President of India.
On February 1, President Ram Nath Kovind had rejected the mercy petition of Vinay Sharma in the case. The mercy petitions of convicts Akshay Thakur and Mukesh Singh have also been rejected.
The Delhi High Court on February 5 granted a week's time to the four convicts to avail of all legal remedies available to them and said that the convicts cannot be hanged separately since they were convicted for the same crime.
A Delhi Court had issued a death warrant against the four convicts -- Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, and Mukesh Singh -- on January 7 and they were scheduled to be executed on January 22 at Tihar Jail. Later, the execution was suspended indefinitely by a Delhi court.
The case pertains to the gang-rape and brutalizing of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile in Delhi. The woman had died at a Singapore hospital a few days later.
One of the five adults accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail during the trial of the case.
(With ANI inputs)
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