The Delhi High Court on Sunday reserved its order on a plea filed by the Centre against the stay in execution of the death row convicts of the December 16, 2012 gang rape-murder case. On Friday, a trial court had postponed the execution of death warrants issued against the four convicts, saying the country cannot afford to discriminate against a death row convict in pursuit of legal remedies.

The four convicts contended in the HC that since they were sentenced to death by a common order, they have to be executed together and cannot be “singled out”.

Appearing for the Centre, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta cited last year’s alleged police “encounter” in Hyderabad and said the public celebration of the killing of all four accused in the rape-murder case was indicative of “depreciation in the country’s judicial system”.

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