Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on Feb 1

Nirbhaya convicts to be hanged on Feb 1
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New Delhi, January 17: A Delhi court on Friday issued a fresh death warrant for the execution of the four Nirbhaya convicts, with the convicts now scheduled to be hanged at 6 am on February 1. The four convicts, Mukesh, Vinay, Akshay and Pawan were sentenced to death in September 2013.
Earlier in the day, President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy petition of Mukesh, one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case.Rashtrapati Bhavan has communicated the decision of the President to the Union Home Ministry. President’s decision came hours after plea was forwarded by MHA.
The Union Home Ministry had on Friday forwarded to President Ram Nath Kovind the mercy petition of one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case, recommending its rejection, officials said.
Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, had filed the mercy petition a few days ago.
The four convicts – Mukesh Singh (32), Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25) were to be hanged on January 22 at 7 am in Tihar Jail. A Delhi court had issued their death warrants on January 7. (PTI)