New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Hours after the Supreme Court rejected the curative petition of the two convicts in the Nirbhaya rape-murder case, Mukesh Singh – one of the accused -- has moved a mercy petition against his pending capital punishment. He, along with the other three convicts in the case, will hanged at 7.00 am on January 22.

This comes hours after the Supreme Court refused to stay the execution of two of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case while dismissing their curative petitions against their conviction and capital punishment.

A five-judge bench of the apex court, during in-chamber proceedings, rejected the curative petitions filed by Vinay and Mukesh.

"The applications for oral hearing are rejected. The applications for stay of execution of death sentence are also rejected," a bench, headed by Justice N V Ramana, said in its order.

"We have gone through the curative petitions and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this court in Rupa Ashok Hurra vs Ashok Hurra & another, reported in 2002 (4) SCC 388, " the bench further said.

Meanwhile, Asha Devi, Nirbhaya's mother, has welcomed the top court's decision, calling it a 'big day' in her life. "This is a big day for me. I had been struggling for the last 7 years. But the biggest day will be 22nd January when they (convicts) will be hanged," she said.

The four accused -- Akshay Singh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh -- convicted and sentenced to death for raping a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in Delhi on the night of December 16, 2012. The victim, who was later given the name Nirbhaya, died at a hospital in Singapore where she had been airlifted for medical treatment.

The verdict was pronouced by a Delhi court. The four accused, reportedly, had broken down after hearing the court's order. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma