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Nirbhaya: A day before the hanging, Delhi Court dismisses application to stay death warrant

Aditi Singh

A day before the four Nirbhaya convicts are scheduled to be hanged, an Additional Sessions Court in Delhi today dismissed their application to stay the execution of death warrant.

Judge Dharmender Rana began his 12-page order by stating that the resilience of law, which led certain suspecting soul to question 'Rule of Law', was the safegurads against human erros and not weakness of law.

The time consumed by the process of law has even led some difffident voices to be timourously question the very efficacy of 'Rule of Law'. Let me inform all the suspecting souls that in this great land of Gautam Buddha and Gandhi, 'Rule of Law' and not impetuous mob mentality, decides the fate of even the most wretched criminals and most abominable crimes. The resilience of law signifies the inherent safegurads against human erros and not the weakness of law.
ASJ Rana

Three of four convicts Vinay, Pawan and Akshay had moved the Court of Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana yesterday, seeking a stay on the execution of death warrant on the ground of pendency of various legal proceedings.

In the application filed through Advocate AP Singh, the convicts referred to the following pendency of legal proceedings:

1. "Second review mercy petition" by Pawan.

2. Curative Petition before the Supreme Court by Pawan with respect to his plea of juvenility at the time of the incident.

3. Criminal complaint by Pawan against Tihar Jail security personnel for beating him in jail.

4. Second "review mercy petition" by convict Akshay.

5. Divorce petition by Akshay's wife before a Bihar court.

6. Writ petition before the Delhi High Court challenging the irregularities in rejection of convict Vinay's mercy petition.

7. Appeal before the Delhi High Court concerning the false testimony by the sole witness.

8. Plea for urgent hearing before the International Court of Justice.

9. Appeal against robbery case against the convicts.

Apart from these proceedings, Adv AP Singh also stated that due to COVID-19 in the city due to which courts had restricted their functioning.

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