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Nirbhaya case: Mukesh Kumar seeks urgent hearing in Supreme Court

PTI New Delhi | Updated on January 27, 2020 Published on January 27, 2020

The convict’s mercy plea was dismissed by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 17.

Death row convict in the 2012 Nirbhaya murder and gang rape case Mukesh Kumar Singh on Monday moved the Supreme Court seeking urgent hearing on his plea against dismissal of his mercy petition by the President.

The 32-year-old Singh’s mercy plea was dismissed by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 17.

A bench headed by Chief Justice SA Bobde said, “If somebody is going to be hanged then nothing can be more urgent than this”, and asked Kumar’s counsel to approach the mentioning officer as the hanging is scheduled on February 1. The bench also comprised justices BR Gavai and Surya Kant.

The warrant for execution of death sentence for the four convicts in the case has been fixed on February 1 at 6 AM.

Singh had moved the mercy petition after the Supreme Court had dismissed his curative petition against his conviction and death sentence.

Published on January 27, 2020
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