President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday rejected the mercy petition of the Nirbhaya rape case convict Mukesh Singh. Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) source was quoted by news agency ANI as saying, “One of the convicts of 2012 Delhi gang rape case, Mukesh’s mercy plea has been rejected by President Kovind, MHA has received the communication.”
Earlier on Friday, Asha Devi, mother of 2012 Nirbhaya rape case victim was quoted by ANI as saying, “Till now, I never talked about politics, but now I want to say that those people who held protests on streets in 2012, today the same people are only playing with my daughter’s death for political gains.”
Earlier, Mukesh Singh had informed the Delhi High Court that his mercy petition was pending before the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi and the President of India and he that he should be given a minimum of 14 days notice between the rejection of his mercy petition and scheduled date of his execution.
Delhi High Court refused to set aside the trial court order which issed a death warrant for all the four convicts. The court asked the convict’s counsel to approach the trial court and apprise about the pending mercy plea.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court had dismissed the curative petitions of the two convicts, including Mukesh Singh in the case.
The four convicts were sentenced to death for raping 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in the national capital on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012. The victim, who was later named as Nirbhaya, succumbed to her injuried at a hospital in Singapore where she had been airlifted for the treatment.