Delhi Court adjourns hearing in Nirbhaya rape case till December 18


NEW DELHI: The hearing in the Nirbhaya gang rape-murder case was adjourned till December 18 by a Delhi Court on Friday.

The court said that it will hear a petition filed by Nirbhaya's parents, seeking immediate execution of the four death-row convicts only after the Supreme Court takes a call on the review petition filed by one of them.

Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora, who was hearing a plea by the victim's parents, took the decision.

“The matter will be heard at 2 pm on Wednesday. My view is that we need to wait for the Supreme Court, where the date is pending on December 17 where one review will be heard," the judge said.

Vrinda Grover, who is the amicus curiae in the matter, said that since the matter is pending before the Supreme Court, the court should wait.

The apex court is slated to hear the review petition of one of the convicts, Akshay Kumar Singh, in the rape-and-murder case on December 17.

During the course of proceedings, Nirbhaya's parents alleged that the convicts are doing "delay tactics".

The Public Prosecutor and the counsel representing them sought for issuance of death warrant and cited supportive judgments regarding it.

On November 29, Judge Arora had issued a production warrant to the convicts and asked them to appear before the court today. They will appear through video conferencing at 12 noon.

Nirbhaya, a 23-year-old paramedic, was brutally gang-raped on December 16, 2012, inside a running bus by six people in Delhi, and later succumbed to her injuries at a hospital in Singapore.

The brutality of the rape had shocked and stunned the entire nation and triggered massive protests which forced the government to tighten the rape laws.

All the six accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder. One of the accused was a minor and appeared before a juvenile justice court, while another accused committed suicide in Tihar jail.

The rest of the convicts are facing the gallows. The apex court had confirmed capital punishment for the four men in 2017.

Earlier, one of the convicts, Vinay, moved a mercy petition but has now sought to withdraw it.

On December 6, the Union Home Ministry had recommended President Ram Nath Kovind to reject the mercy plea filed by Vinay Sharma.

A day later, Vinay Sharma had moved his plea to President Ram Nath Kovind seeking immediate withdrawal of his mercy petition, saying it was sent without his consent

Vinay Sharma had approached the President through his counsel AP Singh claiming that the mercy plea sent to President Kovind by the Home Ministry wasn't signed by him.

In the letter sent to the President, Singh alleged that a conspiracy in sending the petition without his client's consent and authorisation on it and added that Sharma has not exhausted all legal remedies in the case.

Last week, Nirbhaya's mother also wrote to President Kovind demanding rejection of Sharma's mercy petition.

The Delhi government also strongly recommended the rejection of Sharma's mercy petition, saying that exemplary punishment should be given to Sharma to deter others from committing such atrocious crimes.

The petition was forward to the city government after the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court rejected it, saying Sharma does not deserve any mercy.


With inputs from Agency 

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