SC rejects Nirbhaya convict’s plea against President’s decision

SC rejects Nirbhaya convict’s plea against President’s decision

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The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a petition filed by Nirbhaya case convict Vinay Sharma challenging the rejection of his mercy plea by the President.

A three-judge Bench led by Justice R. Banumathi found no merit in Sharma’s contention.

Justice Banumathi, who wrote the judgment, rejected all the grounds raised by Sharma, including non-furnishing of relevant official records and documents concerning the mercy petition in response to an RTI request filed by the condemned man’s lawyers.

Sharma had pleaded mental illness caused by “inhuman torture” behind bars. The petition had said he had caused self-harm on many occasions. It was submitted that his medical records and the status report on the mental health were placed before the President.

However, the apex court consulted the documents and concluded that the “petitioner is psychologically well adjusted”. It referred to medical experts’ view that “he was provided with regular therapy sessions by specialised therapists and the general condition of the petitioner is stable”.