Nirbhaya Case: Centre, Delhi Government Move Supreme Court Challenging High Court Verdict On Hanging Of Convicts
Nirbhaya rape and murder case victim’s mother outside High Court, in New Delhi. (Source: PTI)

Nirbhaya Case: Centre, Delhi Government Move Supreme Court Challenging High Court Verdict On Hanging Of Convicts

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The Centre and the Delhi government moved the Supreme Court Wednesday challenging the rejection of their plea by the Delhi High Court against the trial court's order staying the execution of four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

Hours after the high court verdict, the Centre and the Delhi government filed an appeal challenging it in the apex court. The high court said all the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case have to be executed together, not separately, and faulted the authorities concerned for not taking steps for issuance of death warrant after rejection of appeals of the convicts by the Supreme Court in 2017.

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The trial court had on Jan. 31 stayed "till further orders" execution of the four convicts in the case -- Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31), who are lodged in Tihar Jail.

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