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Mukesh Singh files mercy plea before President after SC rejects curative petition

Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, filed a mercy plea before the President on Tuesday, prison officials said, shortly after the Supreme Court refused to stay his scheduled execution. The mercy plea was filed by 32-year-old Mukesh Singh, who will be hanged at 7 am on January 22 in Tihar jail along with Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25), as ordered by a Delhi court that had issued their death warrants on January 7. Director General (Prisons) Sandeep Goel said Mukesh moved the mercy plea in the evening after his curative petition -- and that of Vinay -- was dismissed by the apex court. According to jail sources, Pawan Jallad from Meerut, who will carry out the hanging, will reach Tihar jail here on January 20 and will reside inside the premises. He will be given Rs 15,000 per execution, they said. A dummy execution will be carried on January 21 evening as well. On January 13, a team of prison ...


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