The development comes a day after the Supreme Court dismissed a plea filed by another convict, Mukesh, challenging the rejection of his mercy plea by the President. The four convicts in the case are scheduled to be executed on February 1 at 7am.
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the curative petition of Akshay Thakur, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case and also rejected an application seeking a stay on the convicts' execution, which is scheduled for February 1.
"The application for an oral hearing is rejected," a five-judge bench headed by Justice NV Ramana and also comprising Justices Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan said dismissing the petition, which sought commutation of the convict's death sentence to life imprisonment. "The application for stay of execution of the death warrant is also rejected. We have gone through the curative petitions and relevant documents," the apex court said in its order.
"In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this Court in Rupa Ashok Hurra v Ashok Hurra and another. Hence, the curative petitions are dismissed," the order read.
The curative petition, which was filed by advocate AP Singh on behalf of Akshay, sought the commutation of the sentence of the petitioner "as it serves all the purposes that the death penalty claims to serve and protects society from the impending reality in the near-future in which torture and murder are equated with justice as a panacea for all social evils".
The plea had said that lack of criminal antecedents, erroneous reliance on deterrence, and the probability of reformation, socio-economic circumstances, non-consideration of constitution bench judgment, were not considered by the courts while awarding his client the death sentence.
The top court had dismissed Akshay's review petition in December last year.
Yesterday, the apex court dismissed the plea of another Nirbhaya convict Mukesh Kumar Singh challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President.
Earlier this month, a Delhi court had issued fresh death warrant for convicts Akshay, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, and Vinay Kumar Sharma and ordered their execution on February 1.
The case pertains to the gang rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile in Delhi. The woman died at a Singapore hospital a few days later.
One of the five adults accused, Ram Singh had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail during the trial of the case. The juvenile was released from correction centre after three years.
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Last Updated 30, Jan 2020, 5:01 PM