President Ram Nath Kovind has rejected the mercy petition of Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the four men facing the gallows in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, officials said on Wednesday.
Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya case, had on Monday filed mercy plea before the President of India, hours after the Supreme Court (SC) dismissed his curative petition. This had resulted in another delay in the hanging of all the convicts in the December 2012 gangrape and murder case.
Pawan, 25, was the last death row convict in the case to have moved the SC with his curative plea, the final judicial remedy available to a person. The President has already rejected the mercy petitions of Mukesh, Vinay and Akshay.
Earlier, in his curative plea, Pawan had pleaded that his age on the day of the offence was 16 years and two months as per the school records last attended by him and "the age has not been determined in accordance with the procedures laid down under the Juvenile Justice Act".
The court had, however, said no case was made out for re-examining the conviction and the punishment of the convict.
A 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who came to be known as 'Nirbhaya' (fearless), was gangraped and assaulted in a moving bus in South Delhi on December 16, 2012. She died a fortnight later.
Six people, including the four convicts and a juvenile, were named as accused. Ram Singh, the sixth accused, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail days after the trial began in the case. The juvenile was released in 2015 after spending three years in a correctional home.