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Supreme Courts rejects Nirbhaya convict’s plea for restoration of legal remedies

New Delhi
The Supreme Court today rejected Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case convict Mukesh Singh’s plea seeking restoration of his legal remedies.Accusing his lawyers of misleading him, Mukesh had requested the top court to negate the orders on his curative and mercy petitions.

However, a Bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra said his petition was not maintainable as it was filed by Mukesh Singh’s brother Suresh and was not supported by an affidavit of the convict.

A Delhi court had on March 5 issued fresh date and time (March 20 at 5.30 am) for the execution convicts Mukesh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).

The 23-year-old victim, a paramedic student, was brutally gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, inside a running bus in south Delhi by six men and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. She died on December 29, 2012, at a hospital in Singapore.

Six persons, including the four convicts and a juvenile, were named as accused. Ram Singh, the sixth accused, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail days after the trial began in the case. The juvenile was released in 2015 after spending three years in a correctional home.