Connect with us

English News

Breaking News: SC rejects Nirbhaya case convict Vinay Sharma`s plea challenging rejection of his mercy petition

Published

on

breaking-news:-sc-rejects-nirbhaya-case-convict-vinay-sharma`s-plea-challenging-rejection-of-his-mercy-petition

Nirbhaya gang-rape case

Sharma’s lawyer contended that the former was undergoing psychological problems due to ill-treatment and solitary confinement in jail.

Supreme Court on Friday rejected Nirbhaya convict Vinay Sharma’s plea challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President. 

Advocate AP Singh, representing Vinay Sharma had submitted that his clients mental state was not presented before the president. Singh contended that Sharma was undergoing psychological problems due to ill-treatment and solitary confinement in jail, which was in violation of the prison norms.

Singh cited the Supreme Court`s 2014 judgement in Shatrughan Chauhan, which held that death sentences of convicts suffering from mental illness should be commuted.

Sharma, one of the four convicts on death row in the 2012 case, moved the apex court on February 11, challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the president and claimed the ‘hurried rejection’ was ‘mala fide’ and violated the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

He also sought commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment claiming that he has ‘developed mental illness’ inside the prison due to the alleged ‘torture and ill-treatment’.

The apex court had earlier dismissed a plea filed by Mukesh Kumar Singh, another death row convict in the case, challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *