New Delhi: The Union Home Ministry has forwarded the mercy petition of one of the convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case to the President Ram Nath Kovind.

The Ministry has recommended the rejection of mercy petition. Mukesh Singh, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, had filed the mercy petition a few days ago.

The Home Ministry has reiterated the recommendation of the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi for its rejection. Delhi LG Anil Baijal had sent the mercy petition of Mukesh to the Home Ministry on Thursday, a day after the Delhi Government recommended its rejection.

The four convicts - Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma , Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta were to be hanged on 22nd of this month in Tihar Jail. However, the Delhi Government had informed the High Court during a hearing that execution of the convicts could not take place on 22nd of January as a mercy plea has been filed by Mukesh.

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