Delhi gangrape and murder victim Nirbhaya's mother Asha Devi has reacted to Delhi High Court's verdict.
Asha Devi said, "I welcome Delhi High Court's verdict. It gives all 4 convicts 1 week to resort to all legal remedies available to them. After this, the convicts should be hanged soon."
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed the Centre’s plea challenging trial court order which had stayed the execution of all four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya case.
Saying that all four convicts have to be executed together and not separately, the HC directed them to file any application they want within a week after which authorities should act. It cannot be disputed that the convicts have frustrated the process by using delaying tactics, the HC said.
The trial court on January 7, had issued black warrants for the execution of all the four convicts in Tihar jail at 7 AM on January 22. However, they could not be hanged due to the pendency of the mercy petition of one of them. Later, on January 17, the trial court fixed February 1, 6 AM as the hanging date and time.
On January 31, the trial court again stayed the execution as the counsel for three convicts -- Pawan, Vinay and Akshay -- urged it to adjourn the matter "sine die" saying their legal remedies were yet to be exhausted.