Hours after the Supreme Court Tuesday rejected the curative pleas of two of the four death row convicts in the December 16 gangrape case, one of them—Mukesh Singh—has filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind, news agency PTI quoted Tihar officials as saying.
Earlier in the day, a five-judge bench, comprising Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, dismissed the plea filed by the convicts Vinay Sharma and Mukesh after a Delhi court scheduled the execution of all the four convicts for January 22, at Tihar Jail.
Two other death-row convicts, Akshay and Pawan Gupta have not filed curative petitions.
In his plea filed through advocate A P Singh, convict Vinay Kumar Sharma said his “young age has been erroneously rejected as a mitigating factor”.
The Supreme Court had recently dismissed a review petition filed by another convict Akshay Singh, to review its earlier order that confirmed the death penalty in the case.
The 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in Delhi by six persons before being thrown on the road. She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
In September 2013, a fast-track court held the four convicts guilty of 13 offences including gangrape, unnatural sexual assault and murder of the woman, and attempt to murder her male friend. A fifth accused, Ram, hanged himself in his cell in Tihar, while the sixth, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was sent to a reform facility.