The Tihar Jail administration once again reached Patiala House Court to hang Nirbhaya’s culprits soon, on which the court refused to issue a new death warrant during the hearing on Friday.
Earlier on Thursday, the court directed all the convicts to file their replies by Friday so that the court can proceed with the case.
During the hearing of this case, the defense is adamant that when the Delhi High Court has given seven days time to the convicts, then what is the hurry for the death warrant and what is the need to go to0 the Supreme Court. The court refused to issue a new death warrant after hearing all sides.
What happened in the court today
When the hearing began, government lawyer Irfan Ahmed submitted his application for a new death warrant. Along with this, Irfan also requested the Patiala House Court to observe the last four orders passed in the same case.
After this, Irfan Ahmed read the history of the execution process before the court. Irfan Ahmed also argued that the court can issue a new death warrant in this case as there is no pending plea of any convict.
Lawyer Irfan said that the court should issue a death warrant keeping in mind the seven-day period given by the High Court.
On this, the judge asked the government lawyer that after 14 days from which day we will issue a new death warrant. Then the lawyer said February 5.
To this, the judge asked the government lawyer why do you think Pawan would not file his curative petition and mercy petition. Then the lawyer said that if he wanted, he would have filed the petitions only after the previous order of this court.
After this, the victim’s lawyer Jeetendra Jha read out the High Court order in the court in which the convict has been adopting the habit of delaying the sentence. The High Court order also comes into effect from February 5.
Jha further said that even the Supreme Court has considered the time of seven days, so he has set the date of hearing on 11 February.
On this, defense lawyer Vrinda Grover said that the Supreme Court has not issued any notice to the convicts even after the Solicitor General has said a lot.
To this, the judge asked if I should for some time assume that we are obliged to obey the order of the High Court.
After this, Vrinda Grover read out para number 68 of the High Court order that the court has given the convicts seven days to try all their options. She also said that this application has been made ahead of time.
Vrinda Grover also said that this application has been submitted before seven days, which is not correct. The High Court was fine to decide on this, yet these people went to the Supreme Court.
Vrinda Grover said that the Supreme Court has two case pending in this case. Grover also asked Tihar to file a status report.
Thirty minutes after the debate began, the lawyer for the convict AP Singh arrived in the courtroom. He said that I came to know about this case on a phone call, which is very strange. AP Singh said that he arrived late because he was unaware of today’s hearing. The judge asked him to speak at the point.
SJ Dharmendra Rana, after hearing all the parties, refused to issue a new death warrant, rejecting Tihar’s petition. The court also said that this argument is beyond merit, death warrant cannot be issued on the basis of presumptions. The court rejected the application being premature.