Nirbhaya Convict Mukesh, Supreme Court
Nirbhaya Convict Mukesh, Supreme Court
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[Nirbhaya] Plea by death row convict Mukesh alleging a conspiracy by amicus curiae not maintainable: Supreme Court

Shruti Mahajan

A petition filed for Nirbhaya rape case death row convict, Mukesh alleging that he was misled into filing his curative petition early by Amicus Curiae Vrinda Grover was dismissed by the Supreme Court today.

In his petition, Mukesh had called for a CBI probe be directed against Vrinda Grover, who he alleged had conspired to deprive him of legal remedies to protect his life, thereby “putting him for immediate hanging for vested interest.”

Advocate Mukesh Sharma argued on behalf of Mukesh today that his curative petition was dismissed on account of fraud. He argued that the petition was filed before the expiry of the limitation period. Sharma added that Grover had threatened Mukesh to obtain his signature for filing of curative petition.

Sharma also submitted that Grover filed affidavits in English on behalf of Mukesh without informing him about the contents of the said affidavits, while submitting that Mukesh and the other convicts are illiterate and do not understand English.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta objected to the allegations, asserting that Grover did her best as a criminal lawyer to represent the convicts in the case.

After hearing these arguments today, the Bench of Justices Arun Mishra and MR Shah ultimately ruled that the plea is not maintainable and dismissed it.

As per the death warrant, Mukesh and the other three death row convicts in the Nirbhaya case are to be hanged on March 20 at 5.30 am.

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