The legal loopholes
Though the Patiala House Court had issued death warrants on January 22, February 1 and March 3, those had to be nixed because various petitions were pending. The accused, meanwhile, approached the International Court of Justice for a stay on their execution, but to no avail. They raised a slew of arguments, claiming that they were misled by their advocates and that they were the victims of a conspiracy among the central government, state governments and the amicus curie. One of the accused, Pawan Gupta, claimed that he was a minor at the time of the crime. Another one, Vinay Sharma, said that he was becoming so schizophrenic that he could not even recognise his own mother.
Their review petitions and curative pleas were rejected by the Supreme Court. With the rejection of the last mercy plea, the execution is expected to happen on March 20. Execution has to wait for 14 days after the rejection of the mercy plea.