SC rejects review petitions of 3 death row convicts in Nirbhaya rape case

Prime News, Nation, New Delhi, July 9:-The three Judge Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Bhanumathi on Monday while reviewing the petitions filed by 3 out of 4 convicts upheld the death penalty by rejecting the convicts’ plea to convert life sentence and said there is no reason to review the verdict.

The fourth convict, Akshay Thakur , 33, has not filed a review petition yet. The apex court had however in the last hearing, granted three weeks time to Akshay to file his review petition in the case.

Advocate A P Singh, representing Akshay Kumar Singh, said, “Akshay has not filed a review petition yet. We will be filing it.”

According to the prosecution, the 23-year-old paramedical student was assaulted and raped by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi and thrown out with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. She subsequently died during the treatment at a Singapore hospital on December 29 the same year.

Out of the six convicts, prime accused Ram Singh had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in 2013 during the trial of the case. Another accused was found out by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) as a minor and sentenced him to three years term at a probation home.

Saket’s Fast-track Court on September 13, 2013, pronounced death sentence to all the four convicts. The trial court then referred the case to the Delhi High Court for confirmation of their death sentence.

The Delhi High Court had on January 2017, reserved its verdict on confirming the death sentence and appeals of the four convicts. The Supreme Court had on May 5, last year, upheld the Delhi High Court order of death penalty to the four convicts, following which three convicts Pawan Gupta , 31, Vinay Sharma, 25, and Mukesh, 31,  appealed before the Supreme Court for review its order of sentencing them to the gallows.

Reacting to the Supreme Court verdict, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi said that the verdict is justice for all. She also said that the punishment should be executed soon. –(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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