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Nirbhaya gang rape case: SC to hold special hearing today

ANI
Published : Dec 3, 2016, 12:00 pm IST
Updated : Dec 3, 2016, 12:02 pm IST

The SC’s Amicus Curiae in the case had asked the apex court to set aside the death penalty awarded to the accused.

The Supreme Court will on Saturday hold a special hearing of the Nirbhaya gang rape case. (Photo: PTI/File)
 The Supreme Court will on Saturday hold a special hearing of the Nirbhaya gang rape case. (Photo: PTI/File)

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will on Saturday hold a special hearing of the Nirbhaya gang rape case.

The death sentence of four of the convicts – Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh was upheld by the Delhi High Court.

 

In the last hearing on November 7, the top court's Amicus Curiae in the case, Raju Ramachandran, had asked the apex court to set aside the death penalty awarded to the accused.

In his written submissions, the senior advocate listed six fundamental errors committed by the trial court while awarding death sentences. The errors included not taking the mitigating circumstances of the accused people into consideration and not hearing them in person on their punishment.

Amicus curiae refers to someone who is not a party to the case but volunteers to offer information on a point of law or some other aspect of the case to assist the court in deciding a matter before it.

 

The top court had begun final hearing of the convicts' appeal on April 4, almost two years after staying their execution.

Two of the four death-row convicts had written to Chief Justice T.S. Thakur and Justice Deepak Misra, stating that they do not approve of the defence counsel appointed by the court to argue their case before the top court as they had given statements against them to the media in the past.

The trial court had in September 2013 awarded death sentences to the convicts. Six months later, the Delhi High Court upheld their conviction and sentence. All the convicts moved the apex court in 2014, which stayed their execution. Six people, including a juvenile, had brutally assaulted the woman in a moving bus in South Delhi.

 

Later, the accused threw out the victim and her male friend at an isolated spot. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012, triggering nation-wide protests that resulted in giving more teeth to laws related to rape and other forms of sexual harassment. 

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