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Nirbhaya case: SC reserves verdict on appeals by gangrape convicts

LiveMint logoLiveMint 27-03-2017 Priyanka Mittal

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday reserved its verdict on appeals brought by four death-row convicts in the gang rape and murder of a para-medical student on 16 December, 2012, in New Delhi.

The four convicts had challenged the death sentence awarded to them by the Delhi high court, which considered it to be a ‘rarest of rare’ case.

A three-judge bench headed by justice Dipak Misra finally reserved the verdict after the case was fast-tracked in July 2016 and heard regularly on Mondays and Fridays from 2pm-6pm.

The court had appointed two senior advocates, Sanjay Hegde and Raju Ramchandran, as amicus curiae (friend of the court) to assist the court in the hearings.

On 16 December 2012, a student was brutally assaulted and raped by six persons on a moving bus in south Delhi, an incident which prompted nationwide protests. She succumbed to the injuries in September.

The four convicts—Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay—were given the death sentence by a trial court which was upheld by the Delhi high court in 2014.

One of the accused, who was a juvenile at the time of the incident, has been sent to a reform centre for three years while another, Ram Singh, was found dead in jail.

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