Special SC hearing on Nirbhaya gangrape case todayDecember 03, 2016 10:58
The Supreme Court on Saturday will hold a special hearing on the Nirbhaya gangrape case.
The death sentence of four of the convicts- Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh was upheld by the Delhi High Court.
In the last hearing on November 7, the top court's Amicus Curiae in the case, Raju Ramachandran, had asked the apex court to set aside the death penalty awarded to the accused.
In his written submissions, the senior advocate listed six fundamental errors committed by the trial court while awarding death sentences, including not taking the mitigating circumstances of the accused persons into consideration and not hearing them in person on their punishment.
Amicus curiae refers to someone who is not a party to the case but volunteers to offer information on a point of law or some other aspect of the case to assist the court in deciding a matter before it.
The top court had on April 4 begun final hearing of the convicts' appeal almost two years after staying their execution.