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In an order passed at around 3:30 AM, the Supreme Court today dismissed the plea filed by the convicts in the Nirbhaya case for stay of execution.
With all their remedies exhausted, the Nirbhaya convicts will now be executed at 5:30 AM.
The order was passed by a Bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan, and AS Bopanna.
Advocate AP Singh, appearing for convict Pawan Gupta, made last ditch submissions before the Court when the hearing began at around 2:45 AM.
His arguments included the claims that that various documents pertaining to Pawan Gupta's age were concealed from the authorities, that the trial court could not have rejected the plea for stay of execution today when a plea challenging rejection of Akshay's mercy plea remained pending before the Supreme Court, and that Pawan Gupta's FIR against Mandoli jail, where he was allegedly tortured, is pending.
The Bench, however, refused to buy any of these arguments, noting that the same submissions were made in previous rounds of litigation. Justice Bhushan said,
Justice Ashok Bhushan