Nirbhaya case: Supreme Court to continue the hearing over convicts' plea
New Delhi: The hearing of the infamous Nirbhaya gang rape will continue in the Supreme Court on Saturday as the court agreed that proper procedure was not followed in sentencing the four convicts.
The court has ordered the superintendent of Tihar jail to allow the lawyers, M.L. Sharma and A.P. Singh, to meet the convicts and file a detailed affidavit till February 23 related to the circumstances in which the hard-hearted offence was committed by them.
The SC said, “We would like to give an opportunity to accused persons to file affidavits along with documents stating mitigating circumstances."
The date of rehearing sentencing of the case will be done on February 6.
A bench led by Justices Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan is presently hearing the case.
The four convicts namely Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh have challenged the Delhi High Court which has sentenced them to gallows stating that it was a rarest of the rare case.
The amicus curia (an impartial adviser to a court of law in a particular case) in the case, Raju Ramachandran, has alleged that proper procedure was not followed while awarding the death penalty to the accused.
It may be mentioned that the trial court has awarded death sentences to the convicts in September 2013.
Later, in 2014 all the convicts moved to the apex court which stayed their execution.
- Six people including a juvenile had, on December 16, 2012, gang raped and killed a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus. The woman died in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012 during her treatment.
- The Delhi High court had convicted all the six men and had awarded them death sentence in year 2014. Vinay Sharma along with other convicts had approached the Supreme Court against the HC order but the SC had upheld the order by the trial court.
- Another convict Ram Singh had hanged himself inside Tihar jail in 2013 while the juvenile convict was released in December last after he served three years in a reformation home. The other convicts are serving their jail term.