SC notice to Nirbhaya convicts

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 2/12/2020 2:32:27 PM

NEW DELHI, Feb 11 (Agencies): Not entertaining the Centre's plea to stay a Delhi High Court order mandating simultaneous execution of all four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case of 2012, the Supreme Court on Tuesday sought response of the convicts in further hearing on Thursday while granting liberty to the authorities to secure fresh date from the trial court for their hanging.
A 3-judge Bench of Justices Mrs R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna said the appeal of the Centre and Delhi government before it would not prevent the trial court from issuing the death warrant.
Solicitor General Tushar, appearing for both Centre and Delhi government, said three of the convicts have exhausted all legal remedies but Pawan Gupta has neither filed a curative petition in the Apex Court nor mercy petition before the President.
He urged the Court to keep in mind how the authorities were "struggling to execute then even now" despite the fact that the top court had dismissed appeals of the convicts back in 2017.
The Court initially said the issue of notice to the convicts would further delay the matter but did it in view of the appeal before it. At the same time asking the authorities to seek fresh death warrants, the Court noted that none of the four took any step within one week time frame given by Delhi High Court to seek any remedy against the hanging and as such its order comes into effect to let the authorities move the trial court for the death warrant.
The Solicitor General pleaded not to allow the convicts to try the patience of the nation. "People will stop having faith in the judicial system. Seven years have gone by and the convicts are playing with the judicial system while I am struggling for death warrant," he said.



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