After Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the Delhi High Court that there was a “deliberate, calculated and well thought of design” by the convicts of Nirbhaya gang rape and murder to “frustrate” mandate of law by getting their execution delayed, the Court has reserved its verdict on the Centre’s plea challenging the stay on the execution of the four death row convicts.
Incidentally, a single-judge bench of Justice Suresh Kumar Kait reserved the order on the matter. He said it will pass an order after all the parties concluded their arguments.
During the hearing, advocate AP Singh, (appearing for convicts Pawan Gupta, Akshay Thakur and Vinay Sharma) asked, “Why was there a hurry to execute the death sentence in this case only? “Justice hurried is justice buried,” he observed.
“They (convicts) belong to rural areas and Dalit families. They come to Delhi and get implicated. Mukesh and Ram Singh are Dalits. Both are brothers who came from a rural part of Rajasthan. It is not convicts’ fault. They cannot be made to bear brunt of ambiguity in the law,” Singh told the Court.
Senior advocate Rebecca John, appearing for convict Mukesh said that the “Centre has sought the setting aside of the order of the Patiala House Court” when “an earlier Delhi High Court order has clearly said that any order of the trial court could be challenged in the Supreme Court only.”
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta had earlier alleged that the convicts were deliberately delaying the execution adding that any delay in the death sentence will have a de-humanising effect on the convicts.
A Delhi court had last week stayed the execution of the four convicts Akshay Thakur, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, and Vinay Sharma till further orders. The execution was earlier scheduled to take place on February 1.
The case pertains to the gang-rape and brutal murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on the night of December 16, 2012, by six people, including a juvenile, in Delhi. The woman had died at a Singapore hospital a few days later. One of the five adults accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail during the trial of the case.