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Nirbhaya convicts seek stay on hanging; notice issued to Tihar

New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday issued a notice to Tihar Jail authorities and the state government on an application seeking stay on the hanging of the four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.

The death-row convicts once again knocked on the doors of the trial court seeking stay on their hanging on the grounds that their legal remedies were pending.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana said, "Why do you approach the court at the last hour? Jail Superintendent to report on the application tomorrow at 12 p.m."

Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed opposed the application on the grounds of its maintainibilty. "There is no legal remedy pending. There are just 36 hours left," Ahmed said.

The four convicts -- Vinay, Mukesh, Akshay, and Pawan -- are scheduled to be executed on March 20 at 5.30 a.m. for brutally raping and assaulting a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in the national capital on December 16, 2012. The victim later succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Singapore.

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