The advocate for the convicts in Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, AP Singh, stated that they will be filing a curative petition in the Supreme Court within two days as they were issued the death warrant by a Delhi court earlier in the day.
New Delhi: Advocate AP Singh said that he will be file a curative petition in Supreme Court seeking a stay on the death warrant issued by Delhi court on 2012 Nirbhaya Delhi gang-rape case earlier in the day.
"We will file a curative petition in the Supreme Court within two days. Five senior-most judges of the Supreme Court will hear it. There has been media, public and political pressure since the beginning, which is why an unbiased probe did not take place in this case," Singh said, according to an ANI report.
The curative petition will be filed on behalf of all four convicts, namely Akshay, Vinay, Pawan and Mukesh, Singh said.
"The court has given us the time to file a curative petition. We will file the application seeking a stay on the death warrant and I am hopeful that the court will hear it," Singh said.
"Death sentence is for the poor of this country. No rich has ever been hanged," he added.
A Delhi court today pronounced that all four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case will be hanged at 7am on January 22.
The Delhi gang-rape victim's parents had appproached the court seeking to expedite the procedure to hang all four convicted in the case and also sought issuance of the death warrant against them.
On Monday (January 6), the court dismissed an application filed by the father of one of the death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case, who had questioned the credibility of the sole witness by claiming that he was "tutored" and sought the registration of an FIR against him.
Nirbhaya was brutally gang raped and murdered on December 16, 2012, by five men and a juvenile in a moving bus. One of the convicts committed suicide while the juvenile was released on December 20, 2015.
The prime accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail during the trial while another accused, a juvenile at the time the crime was committed was sent to a reform facility and released after three years.
All four convicts had approached the Supreme Court against the Delhi high court order in March 2014 which had upheld capital punishment awarded by the trial court on September 13, 2013.
However, the apex court also dismissed their appeals after finding no merit. (ANI)
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