Nirbhaya Case: Convict Moves Court, Says He Wasn’t In Delhi On Day Of Crime

The plea claims Nirbhaya case convict Mukesh was arrested from Rajasthan and brought to Delhi and that he was not in the city on day crime took place.

New Delhi| One of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, Mukesh Singh, on Monday moved a court here seeking quashing of the death penalty, claiming he was not in Delhi on the date of the crime.

The Delhi court has reserved its order on the petition filed by Mukesh Kumar Singh and will pronounce its verdict shortly.

In his petition before Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana, Mukesh Kumar claimed that he was arrested from Rajasthan and brought to Delhi on Dec 17, 2012 — one day after the crime.

The public prosecutor told the court that Mukesh Singh’s plea is frivolous and a tactic to delay the scheduled hanging.

The plea also alleged that Mukesh Singh was tortured inside the Tihar jail.

On March 5, a trial court issued fresh warrants with March 20, 5.30 am, as the date for the execution of convicts Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).

The four men, convicted for the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, are scheduled to be hanged on March 20 at 5.30 am. This is the fourth death warrant against the convicts, with the earlier three being deferred pending the exhaustion of legal remedies by them.

On Monday, the Supreme Court dismissed Mukesh Singh’s plea to restore all his legal remedies. Mukesh had claimed he was misled by his lawyers and sought the court’s directions to allow him to appeal against the death sentence.

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Later, three convicts — Vinay Sharma, Pawan Kumar Gupta, and Akshay Kumar Singh — moved the International Court of Justice appealing for an urgent hearing to prevent the execution. The three convicts moved the petition through their lawyer AP Singh, calling the execution of death warrants illegal.

(Inputs from The Indian Express)

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