Nirbhaya Case Verdict: SC upholds death penalty of 3 rapists

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The Supreme Court on July 9 dismissed the review pleas filed by three of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case and upheld the death penalty awarded to them in the sensational December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.

“I am very happy with the judgement,” said Asha Devi, the mother of the 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and R Bhanumathi, pronounced the verdict.

The petition filed by three death row convicts- Mukesh Singh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan Gupta- was against the Supreme Court order of May 2017, which said that Nirbhaya’s rapists and killers should be hanged. The judgement came in response to a review petition

Akshay Singh, the fourth convict, did not file a review petition against his death sentence.

The apex court said the death row convicts failed to point out “error apparent on the face of record” in the judgement.

The three convicts were heard elaborately during the stage of their appeal against the Delhi High Court’s judgement, the bench said.