The four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case Credit: File image

New Delhi: A fresh date for execution for the four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case has been issued by the Delhi’s Patiala House Court. They will now be executed on March 3, 2020 at 6 am.

Earlier during the day, Patiala court discharged Advocate Vrinda Grover as convict Mukesh’s counsel after his mother (on his behalf) asked for a different lawyer to represent him. Advocate Ravi Qazi has now been appointed as a counsel for convict Mukesh.

The court also recorded that Akshay Singh, one of the other convicts, will be filing a fresh mercy petition to the President. Akshay has withdrawn his existing mercy petition on the basis that it was hastily and poorly prepared.

The four convicts — Mukesh Kumar (32), Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25) — were to be hanged on February 1 but due to a certain turn of events, the court has now announced a new date for the convicts.

The 23-year-old victim was gang-raped and tortured on December 16, 2012, which later led to her death. All the six accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused, a minor, appeared before a juvenile justice court, while another committed suicide in Tihar Jail.

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