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Fresh warrant to hang Nirbhaya rape and murder convicts on March 3

Reacting to the verdict, the victim’s mother Asha Devi said that she hoped this date is final. “I am satisfied with this verdict. I never lost faith

New Delhi: A fresh death warrant is issued by the Delhi court against the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case. The new date for their hanging is March 3 at 6 am.

Currently, this is the third time that death sentence has been issued after the earlier two were stayed because of pending legal options of the convicts named Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma, and Akshay Kumar.

Reacting to the verdict, the victim’s mother Asha Devi said that she hoped this date is final. “I am satisfied with this verdict. I never lost faith. Finally, we have another date and I hope they’ll be hanged,” she said outside the court premises.

In another Session Judge Dharmender Rana at the Patiala House court set the date for the execution after the Supreme Court granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of a fresh death sentence as all legal remedies moved by the convicts were disposed of.

In hearing, the counsel of one of the convicts – Pawan Gupta said that the court wanted to move a curative petition before the Apex Court and the mercy petition against the death warrant before the President.

Among the four convicts, Gupta is the only one who has not yet filed the curative petition – the last legal remedy available to a person, which is decided in-chamber. He also has the option of filing a mercy petition.

Earlier in the day, the court had reserved the order after hearings during which Mukesh Singh told the court that he does not want to be represented by advocate Vrinda Grover. The court later on appointed advocate Ravi Qazi to represent Mukesh Singh.

Another death row convicts the court has informed, Vinay Sharma is on a hunger strike in Tihar jail. Vinay was assaulted in jail and has head injuries, his lawyer told the court, that he was suffering from acute mental illness and hence the death sentence cannot be carried out. The court directed the Tihar jail superintendent to take suitable care of Vinay as per law.

Akshay Kumar’s counsel informed the court that he has prepared a fresh mercy plea to be moved before the President, as the earlier ones prepared by his parents “was incomplete.

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