A Delhi court has directed Tihar Jail Superintendent to file a report on an application moved by two of the convicts seeking a stay on the date of execution.
Additional Sessions Judge Ajay Kumar Jain has asked the report to be filed tomorrow by 10AM
Two convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case, Akshay and Pawan, have moved an application at Patiala House Court seeking a stay on the date of execution.
As per the Sessions Judge order passed on January 17, the current date set for the execution of all the four convicts is February 1.
The stay of execution is sought on the ground that both the convicts have not exhausted all remedies, and are yet to file their mercy petition. Moreover, mercy plea for one of the convicts, Vinay, has already been submitted to the President of India.
The application has cited Rules 836 and 858 of the Delhi Prison Rules to seek a stay on the date of execution. As per these rules, a death row convict must be given a notice of minimum 14 days after the rejection of the mercy plea.
Since, the other two convicts are also anticipated tu file their mercy pleas, it is submitted in the application that the current date set for execution is unsustainable.
Prosecutor Irfan Ahmad, who was appearing for Tihar authorities, argued that such applications are 'a complete mockery of justice'.