SC dismisses curative plea of Nirbhaya Case convict Pawan Kumar Gupta


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a curative petition filed by convict Pawan Kumar Gupta, who was sentenced to death in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

A five-judge bench headed by Justice N V Ramana said that no case is made out for re-examining the conviction and the punishment of the convict.

Other members of the bench were justices Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.

As his curative petition dismissed, Pawan can now file a mercy plea before President Ram Nath Kovind. The mercy petitions of three convicts-Mukesh, Vinay and Akshay, have already been dismissed by the President.

Today, the Supreme Court was hearing the curative plea of Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

Advocate AP Singh filed an application in the SC registry on Sunday seeking an oral hearing on Pawan's curative plea in the open court.

In the curative plea, Pawan pleaded that his age on the day of the offence was 16 years and two months as per the school records last attended by him and "the age has not been determined in accordance with the procedures laid down under the Juvenile Justice Act". He had claimed juvenility to seek commutation of sentence to life imprisonment.

On February 17, the trial court had issued fresh date for execution of death warrants for March 3 at 6 am for the four convicts -- Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Kumar Gupta, Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Singh (31) in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

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.

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


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