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Nirbhaya gangrape case: Amicus curiae questions prosecution evidence in SC

Sanjay Hegde has submitted that convict Mukesh was not with prime accused Ram Singh in the bus when the offence was committed.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 3, 2016 4:13:31 pm
Supreme Court, nirbhaya, nirbhaya rape, nirbhaya rape convicts, nirbhaya rape life sentence, Delhi, Delhi rape case, India news The death sentence of four of the convicts in the case, Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh, was upheld by the Delhi High Court. (File Photo)

The amicus curiae in the Nirbhaya gangrape case, Sanjay Hegde, has raised serious questions on the merit of evidence furnished by prosecution that led to award of death penalty to four of the convicts in the case. In a special hearing of the case held Saturday, Hegde, according to news agency ANI, submitted that convict Mukesh was not with prime accused Ram Singh in the bus where the offence was committed. To substantiate the claim, he said that mobile phone locations of the two convicts were found to be different.

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On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedic was fatally assaulted and gangraped by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle along with her male friend who was accompanying her.

Earlier, in the last hearing on November 7, the apex court’s amicus curiae in the case, Raju Ramachandran, had sought setting aside of the death penalty awarded to the convicts in the sensational case that had shocked the nation. He had submitted that the trial court had committed certain errors while slapping death sentences, including not hearing the accused in person.

The death sentence of four of the convicts, Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh, was upheld by the Delhi High Court. Ram Singh had committed suicide during the course of trial in 2013.

The apex court had on April 4 begun final hearing of the convicts’ appeal almost two years after staying their execution. The trial court had in September 2013 awarded death sentences to the convicts. Six months later, the Delhi High Court upheld their conviction and sentence. All the convicts moved the apex court in 2014, which stayed their execution.

 

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