The Supreme Court today rejected the request of the Nirbhaya case death-row convict Vinay Sharma to peruse recommendation for rejection of his mercy plea. Sharma’s counsel alleged in the court that the Delhi lieutenant governor and the state home minister had not signed the recommendation for rejection of his mercy plea.

However, a bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna perused the record and said the lieutenant governor and the home minister indeed signed the recommendation for rejection of his mercy petition.

Sharma, through advocate AP Singh, moved the top court on Tuesday challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President. He claimed the “hurried rejection” was “mala fide” and violated the letter and spirit of the Constitution