Nirbhaya update: SC issue notices to 4 convicts on Centre's appeal against HC verdict
A three-judge bench (of the Supreme Court) headed by Justice R Banumathi granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of fresh date for the execution of the convicts.
The Supreme Court Tuesday sought response from the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case on the Centre's appeal challenging the Delhi High Court verdict which dismissed its plea against stay on their execution.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice R Banumathi granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of fresh date for the execution of these convicts.
The four convicts -- Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Singh (31) -- are lodged in Tihar Jail.
The bench, also comprising justices Ashok Bhushan and A S Bopanna, made it clear that pendency of the appeal filed by the Centre and Delhi government before it would not be an impediment for the trial court in issuing fresh date for execution of the convicts, PTI reported.
Solicitor General Tuhar Mehta, appearing for the Centre and the Delhi government said that the execution of these convicts is not for "enjoyment " and the authorities are only executing the mandate of the law.
The 23-year-old paramedic student, referred to as Nirbhaya, was gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, in a moving bus in south Delhi by six people before she was thrown out on the road.
She died on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore.
One of the six accused in the case, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in the Tihar Jail.
A juvenile, who was among the accused, was convicted by a juvenile justice board and was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.