Nirbhaya Case-SC-dismisses the last review plea against death penalty

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The Supreme Court today dismissed the review petition filed by Akshay Kumar Singh, a death row convict in the Nirbhaya gangrape case of 2012.While dismissing the review petition, the Bench said, "We do not find any error on the face of the record."

The court refused convict Akshay Singh's plea to grant him three weeks' time to file a mercy petition before the President of India.

Justice Banumathi while reading the judgment said,
"Grounds raised are identical to the ones raised in the review Petitions filed in this case by other convicts which were dismissed then.

So far as the flaws in the investigation, all these things have been considered by the trial court, High Court and then it was confirmed by this court too."

During the review hearing, advocate A.P. Singh, counsel for Akshay, submitted that “executions only kill criminals, not the crime.” The submissions of the review petitioner were opposed by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta who said " There are some crimes for which humanity cries. On that fateful day, God also must have held his head in shame for two reasons. First for not being able to save the innocent girl and second for having created these five monsters. Please reject review as early as possible so that law can take its own course immediately."

The four convicts then approached the Delhi High Court in appeal. However, the High Court upheld the lower court verdict. The Supreme Court too upheld the death penalty in May 2017. In July 2018, the Supreme Court dismissed review petitions filed by two of the accused.

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