Nirbhaya case: Convict Pawan Gupta files review petition in SC
New Delhi: A day before the execution of all the four accused in Nirbahaya gangrape and murder case, Pawan Gupta, one of death row convicts, on Friday filed a review petition before the Supreme Court.
The review petition has come after the apex court on January 20 rejected the plea of juvenility raised by Pawan Kumar Gupta.
Advocate AP Singh, who is representing Pawan in the case, said he has filed a petition on his behalf seeking review of the top court's January 20 order on Friday. Gupta in his review petition said, "The petitioner's age has not been determined in accordance with the procedure laid down in the Juvenile Justice Act and this has led to a miscarriage of justice."
This came a day after the Supreme Court dismissed the curative petition of Akshay Kumar Singh. In his petition, Kumar had made an appeal that he should be allowed by the apex court and it should set aside the May 5, 2017 order, which upheld the death sentence of the convicts.
"Modify the sentence of the petitioner, to life imprisonment as it serves all the purposes that the death penalty claims to serve and protects society from the impending reality in the near-future in which torture and murder are equated with justice as a panacea for all social evils," the petition read.
The four convicts - Akshay Thakur, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Kumar Sharma are scheduled to be hang on Febraury 1 after a Delhi court issued a death warrant against them.
The four had brutally gang raped a 23-year-old paramedic student, who was later given the name Nirbhaya, on the intervening night of December 16-17 in a moving bus in South Delhi before throwing her out on the road. She died on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.