The Supreme Court on Monday upheld its judgment on the death sentence of three of the four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape case. A bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, delivered its verdict on the pleas filed by Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23) and said the convicts had failed to point out “error” in the judgment. The court added that the convicts were heard elaborately during appeals and no grounds were made out for review of the verdict.
The fourth convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), did not file a review plea. Advocate A P Singh, representing Akshay Kumar Singh, had told PTI, “Akshay has not filed a review petition yet. We will be filing it.”
Last year, the top court had upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts by the Delhi High Court and the trial court in the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student on December 16, 2012, in the national capital. While one of the accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail, another accused, a juvenile, was convicted by the juvenile justice board and was released after three years from a reformation home.
The apex court verdict on the review pleas of the convicts in the December 16 gangrape case. Follow LIVE UPDATES here:
Decision reaffirms our trust in Supreme Court, says victim's mother
Reacting to the judgment, the rape victim's mother said the decision reaffirmed their trust in the Supreme Court. "They were not juveniles. It is unfortunate that they committed such a crime. This decision reaffirms our trust in the court that we will definitely get justice," ANI quoted the victim's mother as saying.
My daughter has finally got justice: Woman's father
"Rape cases should be wrapped up at the earliest to ensure justice to the victim and her family. It took the court one year to review the petitions. However, I am happy that my daughter has finally got justice," the woman's father told reporters.
Verdict justice for all: Victim's mother
Reacting to the judgement, the victim's mother said, "The verdict is justice for all."
Convicts failed to point out 'error' in judgement: SC
While dismissing the review petition, the court said that the death row convicts had failed to point out the "error" in the judgement. The convicts were heard elaborately during appeals and no grounds were made out for review of its verdict, the court said.
Death penalty for rapists: SC
December 16 gangrape convicts to be hanged, rules Supreme Court.
Confident we will get justice: Asha Devi
"It has been six years since the incident. Similar incidents are still taking place everyday, our system has failed us. We are confident that the judgement will be in our favour and we will get justice," Asha Devi, the victim's mother said.
It has been 6 years since the incident. Similar incidents are still taking place everyday, our system has failed us. We are confident that the judgement will be in our favour & we will get justice: Asha Devi, mother of 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim. pic.twitter.com/BVUV3gpz8B— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2018
Victim's father appeals to PM Modi on women safety
I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to take concrete steps against the atrocities towards women and young girls," the victim's father, Badrinath Singh, told news agency ANI.
Appeal to PM to take concrete steps against atrocities towards women & young girls: Badrinath Singh, father of 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim— ANI (@ANI) July 9, 2018
SC will announce verdict on review pleas filed by 3 of the 4 convicts seeking reduction of their death sentence to a life term, today pic.twitter.com/a7mLoBbNhI
Victim's parents arrive in court
According to television reports, the victim's parents have arrived in the court.
The verdict on the review plea is expected to be announced shortly.
Fight against rape, not just an individual: Victim's mother
“No one knew my daughter before the December 16 gangrape… But all of you, the men and women of this nation, helped her get justice and the accused their punishment," the victim's mother said last year. She added, “This fight against rape is not just that of an individual. It’s the fight of every man and woman. So, we all share the responsibility to curb such crimes. Even as we speak, a girl or a woman is being raped somewhere in our country.”
A girl lights a candle near Jantar Mantar during the fourth anniversary of the Delhi rape case in 2016. (Express photo by Oinam Anand)
Judgement result of public pressure: Defence lawyer
The counsels for the accused, however, said public pressure had influenced the case. “This judgement is a result of public pressure. Therefore, it is not fair or right. Political or public pressure of any kind should not influence a case,” convict Akshay's lawyer A P Singh had said.
Overwhelmed by verdict: Victim's father
While making their way out of the court premises after the verdict last year, the victim’s parents had said, “The court has meted out justice not only to us, but to the entire nation which came out in support of our daughter. We are overwhelmed,” her father said. He added, “We were nervous about the verdict, but it has turned out well. Back in 2012, so many people took to the streets and braved watercannons, tear gas and lathis despite it being winter. The judgement has taken forward the fight against crimes that took my daughter’s life.”
'Protests against incident, nation's support helped victim get justice'
On the verdict against the convicts, the victim's parents last year said that it was the protests against the gangrape and murder of their daughter and the nation’s overwhelming support that had helped her get justice. “The nation’s collective conscience has been taken into account… it is an important parameter in the case,” senior counsel Siddharth Luthra, representing the prosecution, said.
What all happened during the hearing last year?
During the hearing last year, the bench had told advocate M L Sharma, appearing for Mukesh, that he has to make out a case for review of the analysis arrived at by the court in its May 5 verdict. When the counsel raised the issue of alleged “illegal evidence” against the convict, the bench said, “You had argued all these points and we had rejected it”. “How were the marks of your (Mukesh) teeth found on the leg of the victim,” the bench asked. To this, Sharma alleged that Mukesh was framed by the police and tortured.
Delhi Police opposes Mukesh's review petition
Last year, the Delhi Police had opposed the plea filed by Mukesh in the top court. The police told the bench, headed by the CJI, that submissions advanced by the counsel appearing for convict Mukesh does not make out a case for review of the apex court’s judgement.
What happened to the remaining two accused?
While one of the accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail, another accused, a juvenile, was convicted by the juvenile justice board and was released after three years from a reformation home.
What happened on December 16, 2012?
On the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedic student was gangraped inside a moving bus in South Delhi by six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out naked. The victim succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012, at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. The incident had triggered a massive anger among the people, forcing the government to adopt several laws to ensure the safety of women.
Convict Mukesh falsely implicated: Lawyer
In 2017, the top court had upheld the death sentence awarded to the four convicts by the Delhi High Court and the trial court in the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student on December 16, 2012 in the national capital. However, Mukesh's lawyer Manohar Lal Sharma said his client is innocent and was falsely implicated.
Fourth convict yet to file review plea
A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan is expected to deliver its verdict on the pleas filed by Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23). The fourth convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), has not filed a review plea. Advocate A P Singh, representing Akshay Kumar Singh, told PTI, “Akshay has not filed a review petition yet. We will be filing it.”
SC to decide on review plea of three convicts today
The Supreme Court will pronounce its judgment on the review petition filed by three out of four convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape case today. The review petition urges the court to reduce the death sentence to life imprisonment.