President rejects mercy plea of Nirbhaya convict Mukesh Singh

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday rejected the mercy plea of Mukesh Singh, one of the four men convicted in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, sources said.

The rejection came soon after the Union Home Ministry forwarded the petition to the President on Friday morning.  Mukesh Singh had filed the mercy petition a few days ago.

Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, had filed the mercy petition a few days ago.

”The Home Ministry has forwarded the mercy petition of Mukesh Singh to the President. The Ministry has reiterated the recommendation of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi for its rejection,” the official said.

The Delhi LG had sent the mercy petition of Mukesh to the Home Ministry on Thursday, a day after the Delhi government recommended its rejection.

The four convicts — Mukesh Singh (32), Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25) were to be hanged on 22 January at 7 am in Tihar Jail. A Delhi court had issued their death warrants on 7 January.

However, the Delhi government had informed the High Court during a hearing that execution of the convicts will not take place on 22 January as a mercy plea has been filed by Mukesh.