New Delhi, 20th January: Supreme Court has begun the hearing of Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the convicts of the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case. Pawan has filed a petition in the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court's decision that he was a juvenile at the time of the incident in 2012 and the High Court refused to accept the same.
AP Singh, lawyer for convict Pawan stated before SC three-judge bench that Pawan's age was 17 years, 1 month and 20 days when the offense was committed, that's why his role should be considered as a juvenile in the case.
Meanwhile, Nirbhaya's mother said that the culprits are abusing the law to delay the hanging. “His petition was cancelled in 2013 by SC. Review petition was also dismissed by the court. He's doing it just to waste time. But all the convicts must be executed on 1 Feb only,” she added.
It is to recall that the Delhi's Patiala House court issued a death warrant against the rape and brutality of Nirbhaya and has fixed February 1 for the hanging of the four convicts. Besides Gupta, the other three convicts in the case are Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, and Akshay Kumar Singh.