Akshay Kumar singh, one of the 4 accused in Nirbhaya case in Delhi has been heard in the Supreme Court on Wednesday on a review petition.But there was the demand showing no mercy on the convict. Chief Justice SA Bobde has dismissed the matter from his own hearing. Therefore, a bench headed by Justice Bhanumati is hearing the matter.
After the CJI’s recusal, a bench comprising Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna was constituted on Tuesday evening by the apex court to hear the review plea of the death row convict at 10.30 AM tomorrow.
Akshay Kumar Singh, one of the four accused sentenced to death, had applied for mercy in the apex court. Nirbhaya’s parents were present in the courtroom during the hearing on Tuesday. He was avoided until Wednesday after a 10-minute hearing. On the other hand, the hearing on the petition demanding that Nirbhaya criminals be hanged within a month has also been avoided. Sanjeev Kumar had applied for this matter.
Akshay’s lawyer AP Singh, meanwhile, pleaded that his client should not be given death penalty. “Death penalty is a primitive method of punishment; execution kills the crime and not the criminal,” said Singh.
Advocate A P Singh, appearing for Akshay, started his submission saying that the case in hand has suffered political and media pressure and grave injustice has been done to the convict.
The court had earlier rejected the death sentence related remand to all three criminals. The three accused in the case are Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma. The court upheld the death sentence awarded by the Delhi High Court and the trial court in 2017 with no basis for reconsideration.
Updates from courtroom hearing of Nirbhaya case
-Accused in the Nirbhaya scandal, questioned the witness Amarinder Pandey, saying that his testimony and presentation could not be relied on in the case.
-Defendant’s lawyer said he had new facts in this case. My client was convicted of media, social and political pressure
-Defendant’s lawyer cited Sunil Gupta’s book, which also questioned Ram Singh’s suicide
What was the whole matter
The 23-year-old paramedic student was gang raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the road.The seriously injured victim and her male friend were thrown off the moving bus.
The victim was treated at Safdar Jung Hospital, after which Sheila Dikshit government sent her to Singapore by special plane for optimal treatment. She died on December 29, 2012 after the 13 days of the incident at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
The commotion caused a stir throughout the country. All 6 accused were minor. They were send to remand while one of the accused committed suicide in Tihar Jail.