Nirbhaya convict claims 'not in city when crime took place' in fresh plea

Court reserved order on convict Mukesh Singh's plea seeking quashing of death penalty


New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday reserved its order on plea of Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, seeking quashing of his death penalty.
Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana will pronounce the order shortly.
The plea claimed that Mukesh Singh was arrested from Rajasthan and brought to Delhi on December 17, 2012, and he was not present in the city on December 16, when the crime took place.
The public prosecutor told the court that Mukesh Singh's plea is frivolous and a tactic to delay the scheduled hanging.
The plea also alleged that Mukesh Singh was tortured inside the Tihar jail.
On March 5, a trial court issued fresh warrants with March 20, 5.30 am, as the date for the execution of convicts Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).

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