SC to hear plea of 4th death row convict

NEW DELHI, Jan 27:

The Supreme Court will hear tomorrow the plea of Mukesh Kumar Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, against the dismissal of his mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind on January 17.
The trial court has issued black warrants for the execution of all the four convicts — Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma and Akshay Kumar — at 6 am on February 1.
As the last-ditch attempt, Mukesh through his counsel on Tuesday sought an urgent hearing on his plea against dismissal of the mercy plea before the top court.
“If somebody is going to be hanged then nothing can be more urgent than this,” a bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde said while assuring Mukesh’s lawyer that his plea would be given due weightage by the mentioning officer.
“Execution case will be given top priority,” said the bench, which also comprised Justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant. (PTI)