The Supreme Court on Monday, 9 July announced death penalty to the convicts in 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case. Three of the four adult convicts, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, had filed review petitions seeking reduction of the death sentence to life imprisonment.
A three-judge bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice R Bhanumathi, headed by CJI Deepak Mishra pronounced the verdict this afternoon.
Akshay Singh, the fourth convict of the gangrape case, has not yet filled a review petition against the apex court’s judgement of May 2017. Convicts advocate A P Singh has said that Akshay will be filling the review petition soon.
Victim’s mother has expressed her consent with the Supreme Court’s verdict. She was confident that death penalty will be upheld by the court.
In 2017, the Supreme Court had upheld the capital punishment awarded to the convicts by the Delhi High Court and the trial court.
One of the accused in the case, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail. While another accused, the juvenile, was convicted by a juvenile justice board but was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.