SC rejects Nirbhaya convict’s plea who claimed he was a minor in 2012

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected one of the Nirbhaya’s convict petition against a Delhi High Court order that he was juvenile at the time of the incident

The Top Court while hearing Pawan Gupta’s plea said that he was not a juvenile when he committed the crime on December 16, 2012.

Advocate AP Singh, appearing for Pawan Gupta said that as per his school certificate he was a minor at the time of the offence and no court had ever considered his documents.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Delhi police, said that convict’s claim of juvenility was considered at each and every judicial forum and it would be a travesty of justice if the convict is allowed to raise the claim of juvenility repeatedly and at this point of time.

The death-row convicts who were earlier slated to be executed on January 22 will now be hanged on February 1 at 6 am as per the new directive of the court.

Four convicts, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan and Mukesh were convicted and sentenced to death for raping a 23-year-old paramedic student in a moving bus in the national capital on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012.

She passed away at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore while undergoing the treatment.