Nirbhaya convict Pawan Gupta filed a curative petition before the Supreme Court of India on Friday. He’s among the four convicts to be executed on March 3 this year.
In his plea to the apex court, Pawan sought his death sentence to be commuted to a captivity sentence. Earlier this month, the Patiala House court in Delhi signed fresh death warrants for the four men convicted within the 2012 gangrape case that shook the country. A ‘black warrant’ signed in their names was revoked by a further sessions judge in Delhi earlier this year after one among the convicts filed a mercy plea before President Ram Nath Kovind that was turned down.
On Tuesday, a bench of Supreme Court Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and Navin Sinha adjourned the hearing on a plea filed by the Centre. In its plea, the central government has challenged the Supreme Court verdict which held that each one of the four convicts within the case must be executed together. Similar appeals are made by relations of the 23-year-old medico who died as a result of fatal internal wounds incurred on the night of 8th December 2012.
Pawan Gupta is the last one to file the curative petition in the SC. In January 2020, a similar plea was filed by convict Akshay Thakur which was rejected by the bench of SC. Similar pleas filed by convicts Mukesh Singh and Vinay Sharma were also heard and dismissed by a five-judge bench of the Supreme Court.
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