SC shocked at issuance of black warrants for death penalty executionFebruary 21, 2020 13:15
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Black warrants have been issued for execution of a death penalty by a trial court even before the expiration of the 60- day time period which has been provided in order to file an appeal before it.
SA Bobde who is the Chief Justice of India has headed a bench which had referred the verdict given by the top court which has said that the issuance of a death warrant could not be done before the expiry of the 60- day mandatory period which is to file an appeal in the Supreme Court against the judgement of the high court confirming the death penalty.
It has stayed the death warrant that has been issued by a sessions court in Gujarat against convict Anil Surendra Singh Yadav. Anil Surendra Singh Yadav is said to be a convict in a case of rape and murder where in the 22 year old accused has raped and murdered a three year old girl in Surat.
It has said that, “We want to know as to how such orders issuing black warrants are being passed by the trial court despite a reported judgment in this regard. Someone has to explain this. The judicial process can’t be allowed to happen like this.”
Tushar Mehta who is Solicitor General has said that the ignorance of law could not be a ground which has led to the judges passing such an order.
One of the death row convicts of the 2012 Delhi rape and murder case Vinay Sharma Is said to have injured himself by banging his head against a wall in Tihar jail.
The lawyer of the convict Vinay Sharma has told the court that the convict had been on hunger strike in Tihar jail and has also claimed that Vinay Sharma had been assaulted in jail and was suffering with head injuries. He had also saying that the convict has been suffering from acute mental illness and therefore the death sentence cannot be executed.
Later, a Delhi court has sought the replies that were given by the authorities of the jail regarding the plea by Vinay Sharma for better treatment for the mental illness, schizophrenia and the injuries in his head and arm.
It has been directed by the court that the four men named Mukesh kumar Singh of 32 years old, Pawan Gupta of 25 years old, Vinay Kumar Sharma of 26 years old and Akshay Kumar of 31 years old to be hanged by their neck during the early hours of the day on March 3 at 6 am.
The four convicts of the Nirbhaya Delhi rape and murder case are said to be accused of raping a young woman of 23 years old in a moving bus and torturing her and later the body of the victim has been thrown on the streets of Delhi.
By Shrithika Kushangi