Supreme Court dismisses convict’s plea in Nirbhaya’s case.
The Supreme Court rejects a review plea filed by Akshay Kumar Singh, one of the convicts on death row in the 2012 Delhi gang rape case, saying it didn’t find any grounds to review the issue.
The Supreme Court bench that heard Akshay Singh’s review plea said the argument on flaws in the investigation rejected by the trial court, and that the judgment was affirmed by the high court. It also said the party wasn’t entitled to seek re-hearings of a petition again and again.
Akshay Singh’s lawyer, AP Singh, told the court that the convict wanted to file a mercy petition before the President of India, and asked for three weeks’ time.
What is the case?
On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern was savagely gang-raped in a moving bus and left for dead on a Delhi street. A total of six men were convicted in the case, namely: Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta, Akshay Kumar Singh, Ram Singh and the sixth was a juvenile.
In May 2017, the rest of the four convicts- Mukesh, Akshay, Pawan and Vinay had knocked the doors of the apex court against a Delhi High Court order which confirmed the capital punishment awarded to them by the trial court in September 2013.
In his plea to the Supreme Court, Akshay Kumar Singh made the absurd argument that air and water pollution in Delhi somehow made the death penalty pointless.
Asha Devi, mother of the victim, expressed her relief after SC’s verdict and said,”I am very happy.” “It is good and we have gone a step closer towards justice,” she adds further.