New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday gave seven days of time to Nirbhaya gangrape and murder convicts to avail all legal remedies. A bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait, hearing the matter said, “Failing which, the authorities are expected to deal with the situation as per the law.”
Meanwhile, the court also made it clear that all convicts in the case have to be executed together, and not separately.
The court’s direction came in the revision petition moved by the Central government against the trail court order postponing the execution of Nirbahay convicts till further order.
The bench, however, dismissed the Centre’s plea challenging the trial court’s order staying the execution of the convicts.
During the hearing, the court pulled up the authorities for not acting on time and remarked that after the death penalty was upheld in May 2017 by the Supreme Court, the ‘authorities were sleeping.’
“I have no hesitation to say that since May 5, 2017 (when the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty), nobody had bothered to execute the death warrant,” the court said.
The court also stated that convict Mukesh Kumar (one of four convicts) could not be segregated only because he has been sincerely following his remedies.
Four convicts - Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur, Mukesh Kumar and Vinay Gupta are in death row, who are lodged in Tihar jail.
Community people have been carrying out candle marches as the hanging of convicts’ was postponed. They have been carrying out candle march on a regular basis in Dwarka. The candle march is being organised in the localities around Sector 19.
The candles were placed in front of the gate of Akshardham Apartments.