There were six men who had committed the crime, but Ram Singh, the bus driver, committed suicide and a juvenile accused was released after spending three years in a reform home.
Four of the men were hanged on Friday in Tihar Jail at 5:30am for the crime that had sparked widespread protests across the country.
Three death-row convicts on Thursday evening rushed to the Delhi High Court to appeal against their execution scheduled less than 10 hours later.
Convict Mukesh Singh had moved the Supreme Court earlier in the day claiming he was not in Delhi when the crime took place on December 16, 2012.
The petition, filed through the convicts’ lawyer AP Singh, also said that the four — Vinay Sharma, Pawan Kumar Gupta, Akshay Singh and Mukesh Singh — have not yet exhausted all their legal remedies.
The Patiala House Court on Monday deferred the hanging of the convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case till further notice, the third such delay of a scheduled date
The mother of the 23-year-old woman, who has been present in courts for all hearings in the case, said she will not be relieved until the men who raped and killed her daughter are hanged.
Pawan Gupta’s lawyer A P Singh had filed the mercy plea shortly after the Supreme Court dismissed the convict’s curative petition Monday morning.
Pawan Gupta is the only one among the four convicts to have not exhausted all their legal remedies. Despite a seven-day deadline set by Delhi High Court for him to avail his legal options, Gupta hadn’t filed either a curative petition or a mercy petition so far.
A Delhi court has issued a fresh date for the execution of Nirbhaya gangrape convicts. Currently, there are no petitions pending before the court filed by the convicts.