Hanging of NIRBHAYA Gang Rape Convicts now delayed indefinitely due to Kejriwal govt's negligence: Prakash Javadekar
The Centre on Thursday accused the Delhi government of delaying the hanging of convicts in Nirbhaya gangrape-murder case.
- BJP has blamed AAP govt's "negligence" for "delay" in hanging of Nirbhaya gangrape case convicts
- Had AAP govt given notices within week of SC order, they would have been hanged by now: Prakash Javadekar
- Javadekar asked why did Kejriwal govt not give notice to convicts for filing mercy plea in last 2.5 years
The Centre on Thursday accused the Delhi government of delaying the hanging of convicts in Nirbhaya gangrape-murder case. Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said the hanging has been delayed in the justice due to "negligence of the Delhi government".
"The hanging of the convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case is now delayed because of Delhi government's negligence. AAP is responsible for this delay in justice," Prakash Javadekar said on Thursday.
"Why did the Kejriwal government not give notice to the convicts for filing mercy plea in the last 2.5 years?" Javadekar asked.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar: The hanging of the convicts in 2012 Delhi gang-rape case is now delayed because of Delhi govt's negligence. AAP is responsible for the delay in justice. Why did Delhi govt not give notice to the convicts for filing mercy plea in last 2.5 years?
Senior party leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters that had the AAP government given notices to all convicts within a week of the Supreme Court order, they would have been hanged by now and the nation would have got justice.
The Delhi government and Tihar jail authorities on Wednesday told a bench of Justices Manmohan and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal that under the prison rules if death sentence has been awarded to more than one person in a case and if one of them moves a mercy plea, the execution of the others too has to be postponed till the plea is decided.
"Then your rule is bad if you cannot take action till all the co-convicts have moved a mercy plea. It seems there has been non-application of mind (while framing the rules). The system is suffering from cancer," the bench told Delhi government standing counsel (criminal) Rahul Mehra in response to his submission.
The Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Wednesday had rejected the mercy plea of Mukesh, one of the convicts.
The mercy plea was then forwarded to the Lieutenant Governor, who has now sent it to Union Ministry of Home Affairs.
The convicts were sentenced to death for raping a 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 given the name Nirbhaya, had succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Singapore where she had been airlifted for medical treatment.
Source : India Today