Nirbhaya Case: Accused of Delaying Convicts' Execution, Arvind Kejriwal Hits Back at Smriti Irani, Says 'Not The Time to Do Politics'
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwala and Union Minister Smriti Irani. (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi, January 17: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday slammed the Union Minister Smriti Irani for accusing the Aam Aadmi Party for delay in hanging of four rape convicts of Nirbhaya case. Kejriwal appealed the Union Minister not to do politics on the issue and join hands with the state government to create a safe city for our women.

Appealing the Union Minister not to do politics on delay of hanging the rapists, Kejriwal took to Twitter and wrote, "I feel sad politics being done on such issue. Shudn’t v be working together to ensure guilty r hanged soonest? Shudn’t v join hands to ensure a system so that such beasts get hanged within 6 months? Pl don’t do politics on this. Lets together create a safe city for our women." Nirbhaya Gangrape-Murder Case: Delhi Court Issues Fresh Death Warrant, Convicts to be Hanged at 6 AM on February 1.

Here's the tweet by Kejriwal:

Earlier in the day, the Union Minister of Women & Child Development had said, as quoted by ANI, "Why was the prison department, which comes under the AAP government, sleeping after the dismissal of review petition in July 2018? Why did the government give Rs 10,000 and a sewing kit to the juvenile rapist when he was released? Didn't they see tears of Nirbhaya's mother?"

Adding more she had said, "I want to tell the Aam Aadmi Party that after the rejection of the review petition, because of you the convicts couldn't be hanged in time. Such parties should be shamed- this is not only my party's view but also of every law abiding citizen of the country."

President Ram Nath Kovind on Friday rejected the mercy petition of fourth convict Mukesh Singh, following which all the four convicts would be hanged at 6 am on February 1. The other three rape convicts of Nirbhaya rape are Vinay Sharma, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan Gupta, whoc are currenlty lodged at Tihar jail.