Supreme Court Rejects Nirbhaya Convict's Review Plea Of Death Sentence
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SC affirms death penalty on Akshay Kumar one of the 4 men who were convicted for raping & death of a 23 year old student in Delhi in 2012— Sidharth Pandey (@SidharthPandey) December 18, 2019
Asha Devi the mother of the victim who was in court says they are closer to justice & closure today#NirbhayaCase @GoNews_India pic.twitter.com/4u994CMUpX
The convict Akshay Singh in his mercy petition said the dying declaration of Nirbhaya was "doubtful and cannot be relied upon" and that he deserved mercy as there were media and public pressure to "implicate" him. A new bench heard the review plea after Chief Justice SA Bobde on Tuesday recused himself saying his nephew had represented Nirbhaya in a court earlier. Of the six accused involved in the gang-rape, torture and killing of a young medical student — later known as “Nirbhaya” — four were convicted, one had committed suicide and a juvenile was released after three years in a reform home. The review pleas of the three other convicts have been dismissed before.