SC verdict on Delhi gangrape and murder case
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the review pleas of three out of the four convicts sent to the death row in the 2012 ‘Nirbhaya’ gang rape and murder case.
The SC bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan pronounced its judgment on the death penalty pleas of convicts Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23) on Monday.
The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), has not filed a review petition against the apex court’s May 5, 2017 judgement.
Advocate AP Singh, representing Akshay Kumar Singh, said, “Akshay has not filed a review petition yet. We will be filing it.”
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The apex court in its 2017 verdict had upheld the capital punishment awarded to them by the Delhi High Court and the trial court in the case of gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student on December 16, 2012 in New Delhi.
She was gang raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in South Delhi by six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar jail here.
A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board. He was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.
In its judgement, the Supreme Court had said that the “brutal, barbaric and diabolic nature” of the crime could create a “tsunami of shock” to destroy a civilised society.