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One of Nirbhaya convicts seeks review of death penalty in Supreme Court

Akshay Singh, one of the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape-murder case, has moved a review petition in the Supreme Court against the death penalty awarded to him. The same has been filed and accepted by the apex court registry.

A lawyer for the convicts has been quoted as saying that the other three will file a curative petition together, but only after the disposal of Singh’s review petition. The court has already rejected similar review petitions from the other three convicts Vinay Kumar, Mukesh Singh and Pawan Gupta.

Meanwhile, Pawan Gupta, who was lodged in the Mandoli jail, was yesterday shifted to Tihar jail.  He had been shifted to Jail No. 2 of Tihar, where two other convicts in the case–Mukesh Singh and Akshay–are also lodged.

These developments come amid reports that now all the convicts are in the Delhi’s Tihar jail and that the central prison in Buxar has been asked to make ten pieces of a special rope that is believed to be used for execution by hanging.

The last person to be executed was Yakub Memon, who was convicted over his involvement in the Mumbai bombings in 1993. He was hanged in July 2015.

Last week, the Delhi government and the Centre recommended President Ram Nath Kovind to reject the mercy plea of one of the convicts — Vinay Kumar — clearing the way for the execution of the four convicts.

Reportedly, the government is struggling to find hangman for the execution of the convicts. After the news broke out that no hangman was available, many persons have proposed to act as hangman saying that they were happily willing to execute as the crime the convicts have committed is ghastly and doesn’t need leniency.

One such man is Dalit activist Ravi Kumar from Himachal Pradesh who has written to President Ram Nath Kovind to appoint him as a temporary executioner. Another man is S Subash Srinivasan, a 42-year-old head constable who has also volunteered to hang Nirbhaya killers.

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