New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the curative petitions of two convicts - Vinay Kumar Sharma and Mukesh Singh. The verdict was pronouced by a five jugde bench shortly after they took up the matter around 1.45 pm on Tuesday afternoon. 

The bench comprised of Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan. 

Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh had moved the Supreme Court after a Delhi court issued a death warrant in their name and announced January 22 as the date of their execution.

Asha Devi, Nirbhaya's mother, 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.

Earlier in the day, she had expressed hope that the apex court would reject the curative petitions of the two convicts and said that her daughter would get justice on January 22.

"They (convicts) have filed a petition (curative plea) before the Supreme Court just to stall the process. I'm very hopeful that their petition will be rejected today. They'll be hanged on 22nd January and Nirbhaya will get justice," she had 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. 

Nirbhaya's parents had welcomed the court's decision, saying that their daughter has finally got "justice".

"My daughter has got justice. Execution of the 4 convicts will empower the women of the country. This decision will strengthen the trust of people in the judicial system," had said her mother Asha Devi.

"I am happy with the court's decision. The convicts will be hanged at 7 am on 22nd January; This decision will instil fear in people who commit such crimes," had said her father Badrinath Singh.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma