The Indian Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed curative petitions filed by two convicts who filed a plea against their death sentence in Nirbhaya rape case.
A five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana dismissed the petition of Vinay Sharma and Mukesh after an in-chamber hearing. A mercy petition before the president is now the only option left for the four convicts, whose execution is just a week away, reports NDTV.
The convicts- Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh had moved to the Supreme Court after a Delhi court issued a death warrant in their name and announced January 22 as the date of their execution.
The Supreme Court has already turned down review petitions against the death sentence from three of the convicts, and a mercy petition from a fourth has been turned down.
The 23-year-old paramedic student was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road.
She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
One of the six accused in the case, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail here.
A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board and was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.