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4 convicts hanged at 5.30 am Friday, after Delhi HC & Supreme Court reject in the early hours their last petitions seeking a stay on execution of the death warrants.
All four convicts in December 2012 gang rape case will be hanged Friday morning. For Asha Devi, who has spent 7 years waiting for this moment, will it bring closure?
Tihar jail authorities tell Delhi court that all four convicts have exhausted their legal options.
Advocate AP Singh, who is representing three of the convicts, urged the court to adjourn the 1 February executions "sine die" as their legal remedies are yet to be availed.
Convict Vinay can’t be executed as his mercy plea is with President, while 2 haven’t filed theirs. But Mukesh has exhausted his options, and could be hanged.
Those clamouring for immediate hanging forget that it's not just the prisoners on death row who can file a mercy plea – anyone can do so on their behalf.
Jail manual has certain criteria for hangmen, but because there are so few in India, sometimes jail staff have carried out executions. But not this time.