Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta said in their petition that a mercy plea by one of them is pending with the President of India and urged for staying the execution on that ground. The fourth convict is Mukesh Singh.
The petition referred to Akshay’s second mercy plea which was filed on Tuesday after his first mercy plea was rejected by the President weeks ago. Pawan too filed another curative plea opposing the rejection of his review plea on his claim that he was a juvenile at the time of the crime.
The petition also cited that the four convicts had a number of petitions pending with various courts along with the divorce petition of Akshay’s wife filed in a court of Bihar. It thus urged the court to stay the execution as time is needed to decide on the pending petitions.
The court asked the convicts’ counsel AP Singh why he filed a petition with one day left for execution.
The matter will be taken up for hearing on Thursday. Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana has asked Tihar Jail officials – where the convicts are kept – and Delhi Police to submit their responses in the matter.