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SC rejects review pleas of Delhi gang rape convicts against death sentence

 Nirbhaya rapists will be hanged till death. Supreme court has rejected the review petition against death penalty and upheld the sentence given by Delhi HC and trial court.  

Three judge bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan disposed off the review petition filed by 3 of the 4 convicts on the death row. 

The bench rejected pleas filed by Mukesh , Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma. Apex court said that no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict.

Court observed that review is applicable only when there is an apparent error or a miscarriage of justice. SC said the death row convicts failed to point out “error apparent on the face of record” in the judgement.

 The bench also said that these three convicts were heard elaborately during the stage of their appeal and concluded that no case has been made out by them for review of the apex court’s verdict. It said that convicts cannot be allowed to re argue thier case in a review petition. 

The fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh did not file a review . The apex court in its 2017 verdict had upheld the capital punishment awarded to them by the Delhi High Court and the trial court. While parents of Nirbhaya have expressed satisfaction after the verdict, many woman activists have whole heartedly welcomed it. 

Nirbhaya was gangraped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in and severely assaulted. She succumbed to injuries on December 29, 2012. While one accused Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail , a juvenile has already served a 3 year term in a reformation home. 

Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi has expressed satisfaction on the Nirbhaya Verdict, upholding death penalty for the 4 convicts.

 Meanwhile, BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi has said that judgment has raised and restored people’s faith in judiciary. She added that we as society need to send a very strong message to the culprits and accused in cases of rapes.

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