Supreme Court dismisses Nirbhaya case convict’s plea against mercy rejection

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed Delhi gang-rape convict Mukesh Singh’s plea against mercy rejection by President Ram Nath Kovind.

The Supreme Court pronounced its order on a petition filed by Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder convict — Mukesh Kumar Singh — challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind. 

A three-judge bench of the apex court headed by Justice R Banumathi and also comprising Justice AS Bopanna and Justice Ashok Bhushan heard the arguments in the matter on Tuesday and pronounced its order at 10.30 am on Wednesday.

Four people — Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma, and Akshay Kumar Singh — are facing execution on February 1 in the matter.

The 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in south Delhi on the night of December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile.

One of the accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March 2013 during the trial.

Another convict, who was a minor at the time of the crime, was sent to a reform facility and released after three years of the crime.