Delhi: Nirbhaya rape convicts filed a reply to Tihar Jail Authority in response to a notice issued to them a few days ago, after court direction. ‘Want to use their remaining legal, curative remedies and mercy pleas.
Based on the directions, the jail authorities had issued a notice to all four convicts stating that they have seven days’ time to file a mercy petition. The case pertains to rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student by six men on a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012. Pawan, Akshay, Vinay, and Mukesh are facing the gallows in the case.
The main accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail during the trial.Another accused was a minor at the time of the commission of the crime and was sent to a reform facility and released after three years.
One of the convicts Akshay’s review petition was rejected by the Supreme Court last week. Besides him, other convicts Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay had filed the review petition last year but it was rejected by the apex court. A curative petition is the last legal recourse available to a person following which mercy for computation of death penalty to life imprisonment could be sought from the President of India.