Followed by news that execution of the four Nirbhaya case convicts may not take place on January 22 because of a mercy petition filed by one of them, Delhi government is now facing a roll of allegations that it has been deliberately neglecting the execution. By taking more than two and a half years for the Arvind Kejriwal dispensation to give notice to convicts after Supreme Court rejected their appeal, the BJP cadre is now zeroing in on Delhi government. Taking to the news conference in Delhi, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Thursday lashed out on Arvind Kejriwal-led government for the delay in the death sentence.
“Why did Delhi government not give notice to the convicts for filing mercy plea in the last 2 and half years?” asked the senior BJP leader over the delayed process. The High Court refused to hear the convict’s petition challenging the death warrant, asking him to approach the trial court. None of the four convicts can be executed on January 22 unless the mercy plea is decided, the court was told. Followed by the Supreme Court rejected the curative petition filed by Mukesh, the convict lost the last chance judicial remedy available by the court of law besides the option of seeking mercy from the President.