SC Upholds Death Penalty In Nirbhaya Rape And Murder Case; Review Petition Dismissed

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New Delhi: The infamous case in which a 23-year-old paramedical student lost her life after being brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in the Capital had led to an unprecedented public outcry,the Supreme Court on Monday dismissed petitions by three death row convicts in the December 16, 2012 gang-rape and murder case seeking a review of its May 2017 judgment upholding the death penalty awarded to them.

A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice of India DipakMisra said the petitions did not disclose any grounds for invoking its review jurisdiction, paving the way for the hanging of Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Pawan. The review petition of the fourth convict, Akshay, is yet to be heard. “The submission having been noted, considered and dealt with by this court in the judgment (of May), the petitioners cannot be allowed to reagitate the same issue again and again,” the bench declared.

Justices R Bhanumathi and Ashok Bhushan were other members of the bench. Monday’s judgment was authored by Justice Bhushan. Reading out the verdict, Justice Bhushan said review jurisdiction could be exercised only if there were glaring omissions or patent mistakes leading to miscarriage of justice.

The victim’s parents were present in the court. After the judgment, the mother said: “This decision reaffirms our trust in the court.” She later told the media outside the court: “Our struggle will continue to secure justice for the daughters of our society.”

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