After President Kovind rejected the mercy petition, the public prosecutor representing Tihar jail informed a local court that the decision has been communicated to Mukesh.
The Tihar jail administration has received the presidential order rejecting the mercy petition filed by one of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. All the four convicts have been sentenced to death and a lower court in Delhi recently issued a death warrant according to which they were to be hanged on January 22 at 7 am.
Following this, one of the convicts, Mukesh Kumar, filed a mercy petition before President Ram Nath Kovind.
After President Kovind rejected the mercy petition, the public prosecutor in the case who is representing Tihar jail authorities informed a local court that the President’s decision has been communicated to Mukesh. The public prosecutor also filed a plea asking the court to issue a fresh death warrant. The new time for execution of the convicts is 6am on February 1.
During the hearing, the court directed jail authorities to provide a copy of the President’s order to Mukesh’s lawyer.
Earlier in the day, Mukesh’s lawyer OP Singh had claimed they hadn’t received any communication regarding the President’s decision on the mercy plea. “We do not know if the decision has been communicated to Mukesh in jail or not. We will find out at 3 pm in Patiala House court,” the lawyer said.
Mukesh, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, had filed the mercy petition on Tuesday after the Supreme Court dismissed his curative petition.
Original source: Indiatoday