The four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape case

New Delhi: Eight years after committing a heinous crime in the national capital of the country, Nirbhaya rapists will finally meet their long-awaited faith at 5.30 am on Friday.

The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed the curative petition filed by death row convict Pawan Kumar Gupta challenging the dismissal of his claim of juvenility at the time of the offence, reported LiveLaw.

A six-judge bench comprising of Justice NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, RF Nariman, R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna heard the petition in chambers and dismissed the same as devoid of merits.

A fresh death warrant was issued against the four convicts of the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case by a Delhi court. All four convicts are to be hanged on March 20 at 5.30 am. This is the fourth death warrant issued by a Delhi court.

The development came after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected the mercy petition of Pawan Gupta — one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya case.

The execution date was fixed by Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana after the Delhi government told the court that the convicts have exhausted all their legal remedies.

The court had earlier fixed March 3 for the hanging of the four convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta. However, it was deferred for the third time in six weeks by a court in after convict Pawan Gupta filed a curative petition in the Supreme Court, which was rejected then and there.

Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old medical student, was brutally gang-raped by six men — including the four convicts and a juvenile — on December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. She died a fortnight later at a hospital in Singapore.

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