SC rejects Nirbhaya gangrape case convict Mukesh's petition against mercy plea rejection
New Delhi/IBNS: The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected the petition filed by Mukesh Singh, one of the four convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case, against President Ram Nath Kovind's mercy plea rejection, media reports said.
The top court said it does not think the President didn't use his mind in rejecting the mercy plea.
Also the Supreme Court said sufferings in prison can't be the ground for a convict's mercy.
Welcoming the verdict, Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi said, "I thank the Supreme Court for rejecting the plea. I have full faith in the justice system and I am sure the convicts will be hanged."
Meanwhile, another convict Akshay Singh on Wednesday filed a petition challenging his execution making it unlikely to get the convicts executed on Feb 1, the date which has been set by the Supreme Court.
The four convicts are Akshay Kumar, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh and Vinay Kumar.
On Dec 16, 2012, Nirbhaya, who was a 23-year female physiotherapy intern, was gang-raped, assaulted and tortured at a private bus in Delhi when she was travelling with her friend.
She was raped by six people including the driver of the bus.
The victim had succumbed to her injuries 13 days after the horrific crime was committed.
The incident had sparked national and international outrage. Both the state and central government were brought under the scanner for not providing adequate protection to women in the national capital.