After President Ram Nath Kovind rejected Nirbhaya convict Mukesh Singh’s mercy petition, he has moved the Supreme Court challenging it on Saturday. Sources report that he has also demanded the death warrant date on February 1 be set aside.
Earlier in the day, slamming delay tactics, the Patiala House court dismissed the convict’s counsel A P Singh’s plea alleging Tihar jail not handing over documents, stating that no further directions were required.
Previously on December 17, President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected convict Mukesh Singh’s mercy plea. His curative petition has already been dismissed by the Supreme Court.
As the Delhi government told the High Court that the four rapists will not be hanged on January 22, the Patiala House court subsequently gave a new date for their death warrant – February 1. The four convicts- Vinay Sharma (26), Mukesh Kumar (32), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25) are housed in Jail No. 3 where they will be hanged.