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Judge Satish Kumar Arora had issued the death warrant against the four convicts in the 2012 gang rape case.
The Trial Court judge hearing the Nirbhaya gang rape case has been transferred to the Supreme Court as Additional Registrar, on deputation basis for an initial period of one year.
A Communication to this effect has been made by the Delhi High Court to the District & Sessions Judge, Patiala House Courts.
It reads as follows,
As per the communication, the District & Sessions Judge has been asked to immediately relieve Judge Arora so as to enable him to join his “new assignment”.
In May 2017, the Supreme Court had upheld the death penalty awarded to the Nirbhaya convicts. Finally, on January 7, 2020, Judge Satish Kumar Arora had issued the death warrant against the four convicts, namely Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay for January 22, 2020.
He had then observed,
"..when reasonable time and opportunity has been afforded to the convicts/respondents to exercise their remedies, there is nothing to delay any further in passing orders on the applications seeking issuance of death warrants."
A second death warrant was issued by Judge Arora on January 17 after Mukesh's mercy petition was rejected by the President of India.
As per the second warrant, the four convicts shall be hanged on February 1 at 6 am.
[Read the Communication]