The Delhi government and the prison authorities informed the court that under the rules, it will have to wait for the mercy plea to be decided before executing the death warrant
The Delhi government on January 15 told the High Court that execution of the death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case will not happen on January 22 as a mercy petition has been filed by one of them.
The four convicts -- Vinay Sharma (26), Mukesh Kumar (32), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25) -- are to be hanged on January 22 at 7.00 am in Tihar jail.
A Delhi court had issued their death warrants on January 7.
Justices Manmohan and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal were told by the Delhi government and the Centre that the plea filed by convict Mukesh, challenging his death warrant, was premature.
The Delhi government and the prison authorities informed the court that under the rules, it will have to wait for the mercy plea to be decided before executing the death warrant.
They also said that none of the four convicts can be executed on January 22 unless the present mercy plea is decided.
The Supreme Court had on January 14 had dismissed the curative pleas of Mukesh and Vinay.
The hearing which is going on since morning will continue later in the day.(With inputs from PTI)Get access to India's fastest growing financial subscriptions service Moneycontrol Pro for as little as Rs 599 for first year. Use the code "GETPRO". Moneycontrol Pro offers you all the information you need for wealth creation including actionable investment ideas, independent research and insights & analysis For more information, check out the Moneycontrol website or mobile app.