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Nirbhaya Rape: Death row convict Vinay Sharma now moves Election Commission for relief

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Barely a week after the Supreme Court dismissed a challenge to the President's rejection of his mercy plea, Vinay Sharma, a death row convict in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, has now moved the Election Commission of India seeking relief.

Filed by Advocate AP Singh, the plea before the Election Commission questions the timing of the rejection of Sharma's mercy plea.

In the representation, it is pointed out that the Code of Model Conduct for the recent Delhi elections was still in force when the the Delhi Government recommended that the President reject Sharma's mercy plea.

Terming the same a Constitutional irregularity, which has resulted in a miscarriage of justice, the Election Commission has been urged to take cognizance of Sharma's case as soon as possible and in the interest of justice.

Earlier today, an Additional Sessions Court heard another plea moved by Sharma praying that he be given "high level treatment" for mental illness, insanity and schizophrenia. (State vs Ram Singh & Ors). The Court today directed the Tihar Jail Superintendent to file his report in this regard and listed the matter for hearing on February 22.

On February 14, the Supreme Court had rejected Sharma's challenge to the President's rejection of his mercy plea for commutation of the death penalty. Three days later, a Delhi Court issued a fresh death warrant against the four convicts in Nirbhaya gang rape case, including Sharma. As per this warrant, the four convicts ie. Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh and Vinay are to be hanged on March 3 at 6 am.

[Read Vinay Sharma's petition before the Election Commission]

Vinay Sharma.- Nirbhaya Death Warrant - ECI Representation.pdf
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