After Ram Nath Kovind, the President of India rejected the mercy plea, a Delhi court issued a fresh death warrant.
The four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case would now be executed on the 1st of February, 2020, at 6:00 A.M., at Tihar Jail, Delhi.
Ram Nath Kovind, on the 17th of January, rejected the mercy petition of Mukesh Singh, one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya case.
The Home Ministry of India conveyed the decision of Ram Nath Kovind regarding the petition.
A few days before the execution, Mukesh Singh filed a mercy plea after his curative plea was rejected.
While the Supreme Court rejected the plea immediately, the Home Ministry forwarded the mercy petition to President Kovind on the morning of the 17th of January. Soon, the Rashtrapati Bhavan officials communicated to the Union Home Ministry about the rejection of the plea.
An official of the Home Ministry said, “The Home Ministry has forwarded the mercy petition of Mukesh Singh to the President. The ministry has reiterated the recommendation of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi for its rejection.”
Due to the filing of the mercy petition, the hanging of the 4 convicts was postponed. Initially, the death sentence was scheduled on the 22nd of January at 7:00 A.M., at Tihar Jail, Delhi.
Meanwhile, Asha Devi, Nirbhaya’s mother, blamed the Government of India for the delay in the execution of the death sentence and broke down in tears.
Asha Devi appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, to execute the death sentence and punish the convicts.
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