New Delhi: A bench of the Supreme Court of India today reserved its judgment over a petition filed by the lawyer of Mukesh Singh, one of the men convicted in the 2012 Delhi-gang-rape case. The judgement will be announced on Wednesday. Arguing before India’s highest court, Singh’s counsel claimed that his client was allegedly raped inside Delhi’s Tihar jail where he has been an inmate since 2013.
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In his plea, Nirbhaya convict Mukesh has challenged the President of India’s decision to turn down his mercy plea. Multiple reports have stated that President Ram Nath Kovind’s decision was based on the recommendations of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Delhi government, both of which advised that the death penalty meted out to the convict should not be revoked. Mukesh’s lawyer claimed today that his client was forced to have sexual relations with Akshay, another convict on death row for the heinous gang-rape of a 23 old medical student.
The solicitor general while rebutting the arguments presented by Mukesh’s lawyer, said that early rejection of the mercy plea does not imply non-application of mind on the part of the president. He also stated that further delay in execution will have a dehumanizing effect.