The curative petition filed by two convicts in the Nirbhaya case was dismissed by a 5-member Bench of the Supreme Court paving way for the execution of all 4 convicts on January 22nd.
The bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, which was hearing the petition filed by Nirbhaya convicts Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh, found no merit in their petitions.
The duo had moved the curative petition last week using the last legal remedy available to them to bail themselves out from the death warrant issued by a Delhi court which announced January 22 as the date for their execution. Two other convicts Pawan and Akshay will also be executed on the same day at 7 am in Delhi’s Tihar Jail premises.
The duo in their petition had alleged systematic bias against them as they belong to poor families citing Jessica Lall murder case in which Manu Sharma was given life imprisonment and not a death sentence as they were from a very powerful political family. This inequity of outcome between the petitioner’s case and those mentioned above highlights the fundamental divide in the criminal justice system where the poor and the weak always suffer the ‘worst punishments’, even when people from other classes are guilty of offences that are barbaric and heinous. It also indicates a systematic bias against the poor which has caused prejudice against the petitioner,” the plea read. However, it was rejected by the 5-member bench.
As per the Delhi High Court orders their execution will take place on January 22 morning at 7 am in Jail No 3. The UP Prison authority has confirmed that Pawan Jallad from Meerut has been sent to hang the four convicts and dummy execution exercise was also performed on Sunday by the authorities.