The Supreme Court on Monday upheld the death penalty for three rapists in the ‘Nirbhaya’ gang rape and murder case. The decision come in a review plea filed by three of the four convicts seeking reduction of their death sentence to a life term.
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan said that there was no new material to review the earlier order. Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23) had submitted the pleas while fourth death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review petition.
The SC in its 2017 verdict had upheld the capital punishment awarded to them by the Delhi High Court and the trial court in the case of gang rape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student on December 16, 2012 in New Delhi.
She was gang raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in South Delhi by six people and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail.
A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board. He was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.