New Delhi, Dec 18: A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court is hearing the review plea filed by one of the four convicts awaiting death penalty in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder.
Akshay Singh, one of the five men convicted for the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi in 2012, had sought review of his death penalty. He has filed a petition saying life in Delhi is being shortened anyway due to the rising air and water pollution.
The conviction was made against his client under media pressure, public pressure and political pressure etc and it is still there. Number of facts are available, after dismissal of my (Akshay Kumar Singh) Special Leave Petitions (SLP), Dr Singh said.
Akshay Kumar Singh’s lawyer said, “The air quality and water quality in Delhi-NCR is toxic and poisonous. Life span of an average person is reducing. Why execute death penalty on anybody in a situation like this?”:
“We have filed a case against Nirbhaya’s friend in Patiala House Court, which will be heard by the court on December 20,” said Akshay Kumar Singh’s lawyer.
As the top court asked the lawyer on the relevance of petition, the lawyer said that this is new evidence. Akshay Kumar Singh’s lawyer said, “There has been inefficiency to catch the real perpetrators. Lack of professional conduct and inefficiency by investigation has led to this”:
Akshay Singh’s lawyer rgues that the demand for a CBI inquiry was raised in this case but there was no CBI inquiry. “But there was a CBI inquiry in the Gurugram school case and the bus conductor was given a clean chit by the CBI,” he said, referring to the 2017 murder case.
The 23-year-old paramedic student was tortured and gangraped on the night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in south Delhi. She and her male friend, who was also beaten up, were thrown out of the bus naked and bleeding.
The court had dismissed the review petitions filed by the other three convicts– Mukesh, 30, Pawan Gupta, 23, and Vinay Sharma, 24, — in the case in July last year.