AGENCIES, New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy petition of the last of the four death row convicts in the gang-rape and murder of the 23-year-old medical student in Delhi, clearing the way for their hangings.
Since the convicts have now exhausted all options for relief from the death sentence, the Tihar Jail authorities said they would approach the courts for a fresh date of execution, which has already been deferred thrice. “In view of rejection of mercy petition of Pawan by the Honourable President of India, we will be approaching the Patiala House Court for fixing fresh date of execution of death warrant in respect of all the four convicts,” the Director-General of Delhi’s Tihar Jail said on Wednesday.
Earlier on Monday, Pawan’s curative petition was rejected by the Supreme Court, which marked the end of all legal options before the convicts. Pawan promptly filed the mercy petition with the President; even though it has been rejected, the law says the convict can be hanged only after 14 days.
The Delhi government recommended rejecting Pawan Gupta’s request for mercy.