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Nirbhaya case: 4 convicts to be hanged to death on March 20

A Delhi court on March 19 rejected all the petitions of death row convicts Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh, who are to hang at 5:30 am on March 20 for the gang rape-murder of a 23-year-old paramedical student on December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in south Delhi.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana rejected the petitions on March 19.

Counsel for convicts on March 19 requested the court to stop their execution as they still have legal remedies and the application for divorce, besides a petition in International Court of Justice are pending.

The government side opposed the plea and submitted that no legal remedies of the convicts are pending as of now. Counsel said that defence had moved 100 applications but these are not strictly legal remedies.

Akshay Thakur’s wife, who has sought a divorce, fainted outside the Patiala House court complex when the proceedings were going on inside.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court also dismissed a petition filed by Mukesh Singh who challenged the order of Delhi High Court that he was not in the city when the crime was committed.

On March 5, ASJ Rana had issued fourth time fresh date for execution of death warrants on March 20 at 5:30 am against the four convicts.

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