President rejects mercy plea of another convict
President Ram Nath Kovind Saturday rejected the mercy plea of December 16 gangrape-murder convict Vinay Kumar Sharma. One of the four convicts in the 2012 Delhi rape case, Sharma had on Wednesday filed the petition before President Kovind after his curative petition against the death penalty awarded to him was rejected by the Supreme Court.Meanwhile, Tihar Jail authorities have decided to move the Patiala House Court for fixing the date of execution of the four convicted in the case, officials said on Saturday. In view of rejection of mercy petition of Vinay Kumar Sharma by the President, the Tihar Jail is approaching the Patiala House Court for fixing the date of execution in respect of all the four convicts, news agency PTI quoted Director General (Prison) Sandeep Goel as saying.
A Delhi court had on Friday stayed the execution of the convicts until further orders, saying the country cannot afford to discriminate against a death row convict in pursuit of legal remedies. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmender Rana passed the order on the plea by the convicts, seeking adjournment of the executions with no appointed date for resumption.Seeking redressal of one’s grievances through procedure established by law is the hallmark of any civilised society. The courts of this country cannot afford to adversely discriminate any convict, including death row convict, in pursuit of his legal remedies, by turning a Nelson’s eye towards him, the ASJ wrote in his order.