New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Supreme Court judge Justice R Banumathi on Friday fainted while dictating an order on Centre’s plea for separate hanging of the four convicts of the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.

She regained her consciousness after a few seconds and was taken inside the chamber by other judges and Supreme Court staff on a wheelchair.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, quoted by news agency ANI, said that the judge was having high fever and was medication during the hearing.

“Justice R Banumathi was having high fever and she still has high fever. She is being examined by the doctors in the chamber. She was on medication when she was hearing the case.and she still has high fever,” Mehta said.

Justice AS Bopanna, while rising, said that the order in the matter will be passed in-chamber. Justice Ashok Bhushan was also part of the three-judge bench hearing the matter.

She was dictating the on Centre’s plea for separate hanging of the four convicts of the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.

The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the petition of Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder convict Vinay Kumar Sharma challenging the rejection of mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind.

It also said in its order that the medical reports stated that Vinay is psychologically fit and his medical condition is stable. The apex court dismissed his petition, finding it devoid of merit.

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.

(With ANI inputs)

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