Three convicts in Nirbhaya rape and murder case have loomed the International Court of Justice (ICJ) looking for stay on the execution of their death sentence.

The ICJ has authority in cases where there is an argument between two countries. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court rejected the plea of Mukesh Singh, the fourth death-row convict, seeking reinstatement of all his legal remedies alleging that his earlier lawyers misled him.

Reacting to the convicts’ appealing ICJ, Justice Srikrishna said the ICJ can act only if there is a jurisdiction. “Jurisdiction has to be agreed by the countries. I don’t think ICJ can interfere in this case and stay the execution,” Justice Srikrishna said. Justice Srikrishna also jagged out that the ICJ was not the next court of appeal. “For them (convicts), now the last court of appeal will be the only god. Human rights commissions could intervene if there is a denial of natural justice.

On March 5, a trial court had issued fresh warrants with March 20, 5.30 am, as the date for the execution of the convicts Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).

A 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who came to be known as ‘Nirbhaya’ (fearless), was gang-raped and savagely assaulted in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012. She died after a fortnight. Six people, including the four convicts and a juvenile, were named as accused. Ram Singh, the sixth accused, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail days after the trial began in the case.



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