The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday, January 28 the plea of Mukesh Kumar Singh, one of the death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.
Mukesh moved to the court on Monday, January 27 seeking urgent hearing on his plea against the dismissal of his mercy petition by President Ram Nath Kovind.
Mercy plea dismissed by the President
Mukesh Singh, 32, submitted the plea last week. His mercy plea was dismissed by the President on January 17.
If somebody is going to be hanged, then nothing can be more urgent than this. - Supreme Court bench
Later in the day, the mentioning officer considered the urgency of Mukesh Singh's plea and listed it before a three-judge bench comprising Justices R. Bhanumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A.S. Bopanna.
Plea to be heard on January 28
The plea will be heard at 12.30 pm on Tuesday, January 28 The court had asked his counsel to approach the mentioning officer as the hanging is scheduled on February 1.
Mukesh Singh had moved the mercy petition before the President after the apex court had dismissed his curative petition against his conviction and death sentence.
The court had also dismissed the curative petition of another death row convict, Akshay Thakur.
Death sentence for convicts on February 1?
The lower court has issued the warrant for execution of death sentence for the convicts in the case that has been fixed for February 1 at 6 am.
The other two convicts, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma are yet to file curative petitions before the Supreme Court.