NEW DELHI: The curative petition of Pawan Gupta, one of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, was dismissed by the Supreme Court on Thursday. The petition claimed that he was a juvenile at the time of that insane crime (16th December 2012).
The order of the apex court read, "The application for oral hearing is rejected. We have gone through the Curative Petition and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this Court in Rupa Ashok Hurra vs. Ashok Hurra & Another, reported in 2002 (4) SCC 388. Hence, the Curative Petition is dismissed."
One of the six people, who were arrested for the horrific crime, was tried as a juvenile and was released after he served three years in a correction home. Ram Singh, the bus driver, committed suicide during the trial period.
Another death row convict Mukesh Singh's application was dismissed by the SC, that challenged a trial court order rejecting his plea for stay on his execution on the ground that he was not present in Delhi on December 16, 2012, the night when the crime was committed. "There are no grounds to interfere in the detailed and reasoned order dated March 17, 2020, passed by the trial court," observed Justice Brijesh Sethi.
All the four convicts- Pawan Gupta, Mukesh Singh, Akshay Kumar and Vinay Kumar Sharma are scheduled to be hanged on March 20 at 5:30 am. The hanging has been deferring but now, each Indian is hopeful that the 23-year-old girl will finally get justice.