New Delhi, Jan 11: The execution of the four convicts in Nirbhaya gang rape and death case of 2012 may be delayed further beyond January 22. Because, various legal recourses are still open for them, say legal experts.
The Patiala House Court here has delivered the death sentence to be executed on January 22 morning. However, there are apprehensions that the convicts may not be hanged on the appointed date, as there are several legal recourses are still open for them. So their execution may not be possible till the exhaustion of all the options open, opine legal experts.
According to them, two options are still open for the convicts. First, they may file curative petition in the Supreme Court or they may apply to the President of India to grant them reprieve.
It will take few days for the review of the curative petitions and their execution cannot be carried out till that time. Similarly, if their curative petitions are rejected by the court, they may file petition before the President of India urging him to pardon them. This is a delaying process and until this petition is disposed off by the President, the execution will not be possible, as opine the legal experts.
Among the four convicts, Mukesh and Vinay Sharma have filed curative petitions on January 9 through their lawyers, which will be reviewed on January 14. However, two others have maintained silence so far. But whatever final decision will be taken by the court or the President of India will be equally applicable to all the convicts.