The Supreme Court on February 7th, 2020, said that it will hear the Centre’s plea on the execution of four convicts into the sensational 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case on February 11th, 2020.
The Centre filed a petition challenging the Delhi High Court’s verdict that had dismissed its petition against the stay on the execution of the four convicts in the case.
A bench headed by Justice R Bhanumathi did not heed to the request of Solicitor General Tushar Mehta. He was seeking issuance of notice to the four convicts on the Centre’s plea, saying it would further delay the matter.
The bench, also comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna, told that it would hear him on February 11th, 2020, and it may consider whether notice was required to be issued to the convicts.
Earlier, Mehta told the court that the nation’s patience is being tested in the matter and bench will have to lay down a law on the issue.
The Delhi High Court on February 5th, 2020, ruled that there can’t be separate hanging of the four death row convicts in the case. It, however, gave one week to them to pursue their legal remedies, after which the authorities can take necessary action in the matter.
Justice Suresh Kumar Kait rejected an application by the Ministry of Home Affairs to allow separate hanging of the two convicts whose mercy petitions have been dismissed by President Ram Nath Kovind.
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