Law & Governance

Delhi Asks Centre To Reject Mercy Plea For Nirbhaya Case Convicts

BP World Bureau | Dec 02 2019 11:58:54 AM
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NEW DELHI: Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain has sent a file to the Central government strongly recommending to reject the mercy petition filed by one of the 2012 Nirbhaya murder case convicts.

"This is the most heinous crime that is extreme brutality committed by the applicant (Vinay Sharma). This is the case where an exemplary punishment should be given to deter others from committing such atrocious crimes any more," said a source.

The file has been sent to Lt. Governor Anil Baijal along with the Arvind Kejriwal government's recommendations in the case.

Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts facing the death penalty in the Nirbhaya case had filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind.

A 23-year-old girl was gang-raped and assaulted in a moving bus by six people. She was thrown out of the bus. She died on December 29, 2012. One of the accused hanged himself in jail and another, a juvenile was convicted and given a sentence of three years.

The Nirbhaya gangrape-murder case convicts, who are in death row were asked to file a mercy petition before the President.

Mukesh (31), Pawan Gupta (24), Vinay Sharma (25), and Akshay Kumar Singh (33) are the convicts of this case.

The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar has not filed a review plea in the top court.

The notice said that they have "exhausted all legal remedies" other than "the provision of filing of mercy petition". If the convicts do not file the mercy petition within the next seven days, the jail administration will initiate further necessary legal proceedings as per the law.

As per reports, the file will be sent to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs along with recommendations of Anil Baijal.