The hanging of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case is going to be delayed due to a mercy petition filed by one of the convicts.
On the 15th of January, the Delhi Government made a statement in the Delhi High Court that the hanging of the four convicts cannot take place on the scheduled date as Mukesh Singh filed a mercy petition.
Though the Supreme Court rejected the plea filed by Mukesh Singh, he will get 14 days from the day Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India, takes a decision about the mercy petition.
Manish Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, said the mercy plea filed by Mukesh Singh was rejected immediately and forwarded to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. However, as per legal proceedings, even if the petition is rejected by the President of India and all the legal remedies are exhausted, the petitioner further gets 14 days before he/she can be hanged. Therefore, the execution scheduled on the 22nd of January is likely to be postponed.
As of now, it is expected the convicts of the Nirbhaya rape case would not be hanged on the 22nd of January, 2020, at 7:00 A.M.
Stay tuned for further updates.