No fresh death warrants against Nirbhaya convicts; Court says, “law permits them to live”

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The Hush Post | 7:03 pm | One-minute read |

The Patiala House Court in Delhi today refused to issue fresh death warrants against the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. The decision came as a major setback for the Tihar jail authorities which had sought fresh date for the execution of the convicts. Dismissing the plea, the court stated that the ‘law permitted’ the convicts to live.

Announcing its decision, Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana also took note of the February 5 Delhi High Court verdict. The High Court has asked the convicts to exercise their legal remedies within one week.

The court said, “It is criminally sinful to execute the convicts when law permits them to live. The High Court on February 5 has permitted the convicts, in the interest of justice, to exercise their legal remedies within one week from same order”.

The Judge further said, “I concur with counsel for convicts that death warrants cannot be executed merely on basis of surmises and conjectures. The application is bereft of merit. Same is dismissed. State is liberty to move appropriate application as and when required”.

Notably, the trial court had on January 31 stayed “till further orders” execution of the four convicts in the case. The court had first issued death warrants for January 22 and then issued them fresh for February 1.

Out of the four convicts, Mukesh Kumar Singh has exhausted all his legal remedies. Pawan Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma and Akshay Thakur still have some options left.

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