The four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case

New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy plea of Mukesh Singh, one of the four men convicted in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, on Friday.

The plea was sent to the President by the Union ministry of home affairs, that further recommended him to turn down the plea.

Singh, one of the four death row convicts, filed the mercy petition on Tuesday after the Supreme Court dismissed curative petitions filed by him.

Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta were to be hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail at 7 am on January 22, the trial court judge had declared last week, signing a death warrant seven years after a young medical student was gang-raped on a moving bus, tortured and killed.

However, on Thursday, five days before the scheduled execution, Tihar officials asked for a new date, saying the executions could not take place till after all mercy pleas were settled.

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