New Delhi: Vinay Sharma, one of the convicts of the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case of the 23 year old student, has filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind as confirmed by officials. Mukesh, one of the accused has however refused to file a mercy petition.
Ram Singh, one of the accused had hanged himself in the jail and another juvenile who was convicted of rape and murder was given the maximum sentence of 3 year’s imprisonment in a reform facility.
On October 29, 2019, a notice was issued to the four convicts that they have only 7 days to file a mercy petition, failing which, the prison authorities can approach the court to issue a death warrant against them.
Three of the convicts are held in Tihar jail while one of them is housed in Mandoli jail. Last year, on July 9, the apex court dismissed the plea of three convicts Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Sharma who were seeking a review of the 2017 verdict which upheld the capital punishment given to them by the Delhi High Court and trial court.