BJP MP from East Delhi Gautam Gambhir. He questioned in the Lok Sabha about the postponed hanging of the four convicts of the Nirbhaya gangrape. In the proceedings of March 17, Gambhir asked the Ministry of Home Affairs whether the government could give a lethal injection to the culprits facing death sentence instead of hanging them. Because the hanging is reportedly considered quite ruthless. He said that if the government is planning to give injections, then give further information.
The answer is from Minister of State for Home, Kishan Reddy gave. said,
‘No such proposal is in the government’s view.’
According to the report of ‘Indian Express’, after Gambhir’s question, BJP MP from West Delhi, Pravesh Sahib Singh Verma also questioned the death penalty. Asked about the delay in hanging Nirbhaya convicts,
‘Is the Home Ministry planning to amend the death penalty process to expedite capital punishment? ‘
In response, Kishan Reddy said that the government has filed an application in the Supreme Court regarding this matter. He said in written reply,
‘The government had filed an application in the Supreme Court on 22 January 2020, in which the court demanded that the guidelines given in the 2014 Judgment in the Shatrughan Chauhan Versus Union of India case be clarified or changed. . ‘
Apart from this, Kishan Reddy said that if the trial court gives the death sentence, then confirmation of the High Court is necessary. Further said,
‘Death penalty can be challenged in the High Court and the Supreme Court by the Criminal Procedure Code section 366. For this, one can enter leave petition, writ petition, review petition, and curative petition.. ‘
Actually, the hanging of Nirbhaya’s convicts has been postponed thrice. Now the time has been fixed for the hanging of 5:30 am on March 20. But the four convicts are adopting several types of maneuvers to stop the hanging. They filed a review petition, curative petition, mercy petition, one after the other. While doing this, the date of hanging was further extended three times. Gautam Gambhir and Pravesh Sahib Singh questioned this issue.