New Delhi, Mar 18 : Delhi High Court, on Wednesday, heard arguments on the plea of one of the death row convicts, Mukesh Singh, in the December 16, 2012, Nirbhaya gang rape-murder case, seeking quashing of his sentence of capital punishment.
Justice Brijesh Sethi reserved his order after hearing the submissions on behalf of both sides. It may be recalled that Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana on March 5 had issued fourth time fresh date for execution of death warrants on March 20 at 05:30 am against the four convicts-- Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma and Akshay Singh--for the gang rape and murder of the 23- year-old physiotherapy intern, who came to be known as Nirbhaya. The ASJ had yesterday dismissed the plea of Mukesh Singh and transferred the matter to Bar Council of India to give appropriate sensitisation exercise to his counsel.
Mukesh Singh challenged the order before Delhi High Court. The convict contended that he was arrested from Rajasthan and on December 17, 2012, brought to Delhi by police. Mukesh Singh submitted that he was not present in the city when the crime took place. Government Counsel opposed the submissions and contended that the plea of Mukesh Singh is just a tactic to delay the hanging. (UNI)