Nirbhaya convict files review pleaDecember 10, 2019 16:50
One of the four convicts in the 2012 Nirbhaya rape-murder case, Akshay Singh, has moved a review petition in the Supreme Court against his death penalty saying he is dying of air and water pollution. The convict -- Akshay -- in his review petition pleaded and requested the Supreme Court to consider his prayer and review its earlier judgement of May 5, 2017, in which the top cop sentenced him to the gallows.
"We are requesting the apex court to conduct the review petition hearing in an open court," Dr AP Singh, the lawyer for the convict, told ANI.
The latest review petition against the death penalty in the Nirbhaya case once again brings the long-pending punishment in the gruesome rape-murder case under doubt.
The review petition has been filed and accepted by the Supreme Court registry.
Two other convicts in the case, Vinay and Pawan Kumar Gupta, will not file a curative in the Supreme Court now. According to the lawyer for the convicts, only after the disposal of Akshay's review petition, the three other convicts will file a curative petition together.
Another convict in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape-and-murder case, Pawan Gupta, who was lodged in the Mandoli Jail, has been shifted to Tihar.Pawan Kumar Gupta, who was lodged in the Mandoli Jail, was recently shifted to Tihar, Director General (Prison) Sandeep Goel said.Gupta is lodged in Jail No. 2 of Tihar, where two other convicts in the case -- Mukesh Singh and Akshay -- are also lodged, while Vinay Sharma is in Jail No. 4 of Tihar, another jail official said.
Image: Delhi gang rape convicts Akshay Thakur, left, and Mukesh Singh.