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Nirbhaya Gang Rape-Murder Convict Moves Supreme Court Seeking Review Of Death Penalty

The top court earlier dismissed the review pleas filed by three other death-row convicts in the case.

Nirbhaya Gang Rape-Murder Convict Moves Supreme Court Seeking Review Of Death Penalty
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Nirbhaya Gang Rape-Murder Convict Moves Supreme Court Seeking Review Of Death Penalty
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2019-12-10T17:22:21+0530

One of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape-murder case, Akshya Kumar Singh, moved the Supreme Court on Tuesday seeking review of its 2017 judgement handing down the death penalty to all of them.

The apex court, on July 9, 2018, had dismissed the review pleas filed by three other convicts in the 2012 case.

Akshya, 31, who had not filed a review plea earlier with other three convicts, has now moved the apex court with the petition, his lawyer A P Singh said.

The 23-year-old paramedic student, dubbed Nirbhaya, was brutally 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 injuries on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.

The top court had earlier dismissed the review pleas by Mukesh (30), Pawan Gupta (23) and Vinay Sharma (24), saying no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict.

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 gangrape and murder of the woman here.

Her parents have been asking for the death penalty to be carried out as soon as possible saying they have waited for seven years for justice.

Meanwhile, with no hangman in Tihar jail, where the four death-row convicts are lodged, the jail authorities have approached other prisons in the country for help. 

One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail. 

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.

(With inputs from PTI)

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