2012 gangrape case: SC dismisses mercy rejection plea of Mukesh

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The Supreme Court of India

New Delhi, Jan 29: The Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed 2012 Delhi gangrape-murder case convict Mukesh Singh’s plea seeking judicial review of the rejection of his mercy petition by the President.

Supreme Court on Mukesh’s allegations that he was tortured inside the prison, it said, this can’t be a ground to review the President’s order.

“Quick consideration can’t mean no application of mind”, the Apex Court said on Mukesh’s counsel’s contention that there was non-application of mind while rejecting his mercy petition was rejected by the court.

“President has acted expeditiously is no ground to hold that there was non-application of mind,” said the court.

With this decision by the top court, Mukesh has exhausted the last legal remedy available to him against the death sentence.

A bench comprising Justices R. Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A.S. Bopanna said that all the relevant documents connected with the case were placed before the President and then a decision was taken on his mercy petition.

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