Nirbhaya Case Latest Update: SC rejects Nirbhaya convict, Pawan Gupta’s juvenility claim

The Supreme Court today rejected the curative petition moved by death row convict in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, Pawan Gupta against the Court’s earlier verdict rejecting his claim that he was a juvenile at the time of the offence.

“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,” the Supreme Court said.

On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court had dismissed an application filed by another convict Mukesh Singh, challenging the trial court order that had dismissed his plea, seeking a stay on the execution claiming he was not present in Delhi on December 16, 2012, the night of the crime.

On March 5, a trial court issued fresh black warrants for the execution of all the four convicts in the case – Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay (26) and Akshay (31) – in Tihar Jail at 5.30 am on March 20.

All the convicts have exhausted their legal remedies and constitutional remedies with the filing of their mercy petitions, which have been rejected by the president.

With Agency inputs

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