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Delhi Gang Rape Convicts Execution Date Set

INDIA: The Delhi court has issued a fresh date for execution of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case. They will now be executed on 3 March at 6 am, reported ANI on Monday, 17 February.

The Delhi court had on 11 February sought response of the convicts on a plea by the victim’s parents and the Delhi government seeking issuance of fresh death warrant

The Supreme Court on 14 February dismissed the petition of death-row convict Vinay Kumar Sharma from challenging the rejection of the mercy petition by India’s president Ramnath Kovind.

The court had earlier stayed the execution of the four convicts in the case until further orders. The 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was gang-raped and assaulted on the night of 16 December 2012, in a moving bus in Delhi

Earlier during the day, Patiala court discharged Advocate Vrinda Grover as convict Mukesh’s counsel after his mother (on his behalf) asked for a different lawyer to represent him. Advocate Ravi Qazi has now been appointed as a counsel for convict Mukesh.

The court also recorded that Akshay Singh, one of the other convicts, will be filing a fresh mercy petition to the President. Akshay has withdrawn his existing mercy petition on the basis that it was hastily and poorly prepared.

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