Nirbhaya Case Update : Akshay Thakur's Plea Against Hanging Rejected By President

President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy petition of Akshay Thakur, the third of the four convicts in Nirbhaya  gangrape case.

Nirbhaya Case Update : Akshay Thakur's Plea Against Hanging Rejected By President

President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy petition of Akshay Thakur, the third of the four convicts in Nirbhaya  gangrape case. The death row prisoner had filed the appeal on Saturday, hours after President Kovind turned down the appeal of fellow convict Vinay Sharma.

A mercy plea to the President of India is the last option for a prisoner awarded the death penalty.  In case of a negative response from the President, the execution can take place a fortnight later, the rules say.

But the execution of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case -- Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta, Mukesh Singh and Akshay Singh - have to take place together, the Delhi High Court said today, turning down the Centre's petition for a phased implementation of the execution order. The fourth convict, Pawan Gupta is yet to file for clemency.

The court today gave the convicts one week to explore all legal options, and ordered the trial court to begin proceedings for their execution after that.  The order came in response to the Centre's petition against the indefinite freeze on execution placed by a lower court.

"I'm glad that the High Court has set a time limit for the process. The convicts have been delaying it, now it has to done within a week," Nirbhaya's mother told reporters.

Source : NDTV