New Delhi, July 8 : The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death sentence awarded to three of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape case who had filed a review petition seeking reduction of the death sentence to life imprisonment.
Justice Ashok Bhushan authored the judgment on behalf of the three-judge bench. The apex court said there is no question of reopening the case or reconsidering the 2017 verdict.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan upholds its earlier order of death sentence to Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23). The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), has not filed a review petition against the apex court’s May 5,
The convicts’ counsel pleaded that the police had implicated the “innocent” persons after failing to arrest the real culprits.
It was contended that the death penalty was not the solution as it was against the principle of non-violence. Further, the convicts were not habitual offenders with a criminal history.
The top court had, in its May 5, 2017 verdict, upheld the death sentences awarded to the four convicts by a trial court and confirmed by the Delhi High Court.
They were convicted for raping and assaulting a 23-year-old para-medical student inside a moving bus on December 16, 2012, which led to her death 13 days later in a Singapore hospital.
The rapists, six in all, had comitted the crime on the woman who had boarded the bus with her male friend to go home after watching a movie.
One of the accused, Ram Singh, committed suicide in Tihar Central Jail here.
The sixth, a minor, was sent to a correction home and has been released after serving his probation period.