While the four convicts have been resorting to delaying tactics with a roll of pleas, the Supreme Court has rejected the curative petition filed by Delhi gang-rape convict Pawan Kumar Gupta. Hearing the pleas filed by one of the convicts, a five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana stated that the court is no second thought I rejecting the plea. “The application for an oral hearing is rejected. The application for stay of execution of the death sentence is also rejected. The curative petition is dismissed…,” the bench said.
Meanwhile, Pawan Gupta, one of the four convicts sent a mercy plea to the President, after the Supreme Court rejected his curative plea earlier in the day. Pawan Gupta happens to be one of the two convicts who still chance to seek President for the mercy. This prompt move from Pawan triggered rage as even if it the plea got rejected today, the law says the convict can be hanged only after 14 days. Which means that the execution is likely to get postponed for the third time.
Earlier the execution was postponed two times from January 22 and February 1 as the convicts filed a roll of petitions which has been evident as a delay tactic. While the mercy petitions of three convicts Mukesh, Vinay and Akshay have already been dismissed by the President, here is the peek into the four convicts’ pleas,