New Delhi, Mukesh Kumar Singh, one of the death row convicts in the December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case of a 23-year-old paramedic student, on Monday pleaded to the Supreme Court, to list urgently his plea against the rejection of the mercy petition by the President.
Appearing for Mukesh, lawyer Vrinda Grover pleaded before the Chief Justice Court, headed by CJI S A Bobde, that the matter be listed urgently, as her counsel's execution was scheduled for February 1.The apex court asked the lawyer to approach the SC Registry for listing the matter. "If somebody is going to be executed on February 1, it is top priority," the CJI said.
The Court further asked the lawyer for Mukesh to get a date of hearing from the Mentioning Officer in the Supreme Court. Mukesh had appealed to the top court of the country, against the rejection of his mercy plea by the President.
In another development, a Delhi court reserved order on the plea of a convict's father, challenging order on application questioning the credibility of sole witness. As per the Delhi court order, Mukesh is going to be executed on February 1.
Besides Mukesh, the court also had ordered other three convicts -- Akshay Kumar Singh, Pawan Kumar Gupta and Vinay Kumar Sharma -- to be executed on the same day for their heinous crime of gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old physiotherapist in South Delhi on December 16, 2012.