The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed the curative pleas filed by two of the four convicts of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case Vinay Kumar Sharma and Mukesh Singh.
The curative petitions were filed by the two convicts after a Delhi court issued death warrants against all four convicts in the case and ordered the convicts be hanged on January 22.
A five-judge bench of the apex court comprising Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan heard and dismissed the case stating no merit was found in the petitions.
Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi welcomed today’s verdict and termed it a big day for her. She added that the biggest day would be January 22 when the convicts will be executed.
Nirbhaya (fearless), the 23-year-old paramedic student from Ballia in Uttar Pradesh, was gangraped for hours and brutally assaulted with an iron rod on intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out the road. Efforts were made to save her life. She was flown to Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore for treatment, but she died on December 29, 2012.
The four convicts Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh will be hanged at on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar jail.
Of the six accused, Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail while another, a juvenile, was convicted by a juvenile justice board and released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.