MHA sends convict Mukesh’s mercy plea to President

MHA sends convict Mukesh’s mercy plea to President

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has forwarded the mercy plea of Mukesh, one of the convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya case, to the President.

As per sources, the mercy petition filed by convict Mukesh Singh was sent by the Ministry of Home Affairs to Rashtrapati Bhavan on Thursday night. The sources added that the Ministry of Home Affairs has recommended rejection of the mercy plea of convict Mukesh.

The mercy plea is now pending with President Ram Nath Kovind who will take the final decision.

Mukesh Singh, one of the four convicts, filed the mercy petition a few days ago. The Lieutenant Governor of Delhi had earlier recommended the Union Home Ministry to reject the mercy petition of one of the convicts of the Nirbhaya gangrape case.

"The Home Ministry has received the mercy petition from the LG recommending its rejection. The petition is being examined and an appropriate decision will be taken soon," a Home Ministry official had said.

The Delhi government on Wednesday recommended rejection of the mercy plea filed by Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 gangrape and murder case, and forwarded it to the LG at "lightning speed".

It also informed the high court during a hearing that execution of the convicts will not take place on January 22 as a mercy plea has been filed by Singh.

The four death row convicts -- Vinay Sharma, Akshay Kumar Singh, Mukesh Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta -- were scheduled to be hanged on January 22.