New Delhi: The Supreme Court, on Tuesday, dismissed the curative petition filed by the two convicts of Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. Two, out of four convicts, had filed a curative plea in the apex court after being awarded the death penalty by the Patiala House Court in New Delhi.
The convicts, Vinay Kumar Sharma and Mukesh Singh, had sought reconsideration by the SC, of the death sentence awarded to them by the sessions court.
The apex court has rejected the plea thus, paving way for them to be hanged with the other two convicts on the predetermined date. The decision came from a division bench of Justices NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Bhanumati and Ashok Bhushan. The bench was of the view that there was no merit in the curative petitions of the convicts.
It is to be mentioned that the curative petition was the last judicial option available to the convicts for the redressal of grievances. These convicts will now be able to file only the mercy petition before the President, who has the power to commute it to life imprisonment. The sessions court had allowed them two weeks time to file both the curative and the mercy petition.
It is to be mentioned that two other convicts named Pawan and Akshay will also be hanged to death along with Vinay and Mukesh on January 22 at 7am in Tihar Jail. These four men have been held convicted of gangraping and murdering a 23-year-old woman on a moving bus in the national capital on the night of December 16, 2012.
The victim died in a Singapore hospital where she was airlifted for treatment. The girl was later given an iconic name 'Nirbhaya'.