Day of reckoning nears for Nirbhaya death row convict

Day of reckoning nears for Nirbhaya death row convict

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New Delhi, Feb 13: The Supreme Court on Thursday reserved its order on the plea of Vinay Kumar Sharma, one of the death row convicts in the 2012 gang rape and murder case, challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President of India.

"We are reserving the order. We will pronounce the order tomorrow at 2pm in the petition,"ruled a three-judge bench, headed by Justice R Banumathi. Apex Court heard in detail the arguments and submissions by A P Singh, the lawyer of Vinay Kumar Sharma, and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. It also asked all the counsel to provide their submissions in the case. A P Singh, counsel for Vinay, told the three-judge bench that this is the first time in India that four people will be hanged at the same time.

They are not habitual offenders; they are not terrorists. 'My lord, please consider my submission and commute Vinay's death sentence to life imprisonment,' submitted Mr. Singh. Appearing for the Delhi and Central government, SG Mehta opposed arguments and submissions of Mr Singh. He contended that all the steps and procedure as per law and statute have been followed. “We have not considered any material which is extraneous. Everyone has applied his mind. The guidelines have been followed. Everything has been done. And after that, the President has rejected the petitions." UNI