As though the police were responsible for the delay in the execution of rapists and killers of Nirbhaya, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said that if he is given the responsibility of Delhi Police and law and order, he can hang Nirbhaya’s culprits in two days.
The BJP, on the other hand, dealt with the delay that was caused much earlier. It alleged that Nirbhaya’s convicts were still away from the gallows due to Delhi’s AAP government.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar had justified his allegation earlier by saying, “Due to the negligence of the Delhi government, the culprits of Nirbhaya could not be hanged till now. The Kejriwal government took two and a half years to give notice even after the pleas of the convicts were dismissed in the Supreme Court.”
Sisodia said it was a matter of great misfortune that so many senior ministers of the Union cabinet were telling lies. He said, “BJP does not have issues for elections and that is why they are politicising this matter.”
Sisodia said, “Javadekar ji, law-and-order is with you; the home ministry is with your party; the administration of Tihar Jail is with you and you are blaming us? Do not make light of such a sensitive issue. If you are not able to handle law and order in Delhi, give us the responsibility for two days. We will hang the culprits of Nirbhaya.”
AAP leader Sanjay Singh hit back at the BJP too, saying that the BJP should apologise for the delay. The four convicts Mukesh (32), Vinay Sharma (26), Akshay Kumar Singh (31) and Pawan Gupta (25) were to be hanged in Tihar Jail at 7 AM on 22 January. The order was issued by a Delhi court on 7 January to execute the death sentence awarded to the four convicts.
However, in what appears like a strategic approach of the convicts to delay their execution, they are filing mercy and curative petitions one by one while also arguing frivolously in the Patiala House Court that issued the death warrant, the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court. One of them, in fact, had said there was no need to hang him as the apex court had already described Delhi as a “gas chamber”, which would kill him anyway! Another convict sent a plea for clemency to the president and then sought it back saying his signature was missing in the document. A third suddenly remembered he was a “minor” on 16 December 2012, the date when the crime was committed.