Delhi court on Friday approved the plea filed by death row convicts in the Nirbhaya case convicts, seeking a stay on their execution on February 1. The executions have been postponed till further orders.
The verdict was delivered by Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana at Delhi’s Patiala court.
Advocate AP Singh, representing the convicts — Pawan Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma and Akshay Kumar — has urged the court to adjourn the executions “sine die” (with no appointed date for resumption) as Vinay’s mercy plea before the president is pending.
Saying only one convict’s plea is pending and the others can be hanged, Tihar Jail authorities challenged the application of three condemned prisoners in the case seeking a stay on their execution.
The convicts’ lawyer disagreed with the jail authorities and said rules dictate that when one convict’s plea is pending the others cannot be hanged.
The fourth person sentenced to death in the case is Mukesh Kumar, whose mercy plea was dismissed by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 17. The appeal against the rejection was thrown out by the Supreme Court on Wednesday.