The Delhi High Court Wednesday said all convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case have to be executed together, and not separately.
Justice Suresh Kumar Kait directed convicts to file any application which they want within one week after which authorities should act.
The high court dismissed the Centre’s plea challenging the trial court’s order staying the execution of the convicts.
The Centre and the Delhi government had challenged the trial court’s January 31 order staying “till further orders” the execution of all the four convicts in the case — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31), who are lodged in Tihar Jail.
Meanwhile, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday assured Lok Sabha that convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape case will be hanged soon. The culprits are trying to delay punishment which is not justified, he said.
Several members especially women MPs across party lines raised the issue of attack on women in various parts of the country. Expressing deep anguish over such incidents, Prasad said, “I have deep concern in this regard.” As far as hanging of convicts in the Nirbhaya case is concerned, the minister said, the Supreme Court has already sentenced them to death.
“We are very strict…justice will be given to her. Convicts will be hanged soon,” he assured the House.