Nirbhaya Case: SC Defers Hearing on Separate Hangings of Convicts


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Thursday deferred hearing to Friday the Centre’s plea seeking separate execution of the four convicts of the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.

Hearing a plea filed by convict Mukesh, the SC asked Nirbhaya case convicts to file counter replies by Friday on Centre and Delhi government’s plea.

The apex court also appointed advocate Anjana Prakash as amicus curiae for convict Pawan Gupta, who had earlier claimed that he did not have a lawyer to assist him.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had moved the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi High Court’s verdict that the four convicts have to be hanged together and not separately.

As their fate has been decided by a common order, death warrants of all the convicts be executed together and not separately, the SC had said earlier.

All the four convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case are to be executed together and not separately, the Delhi High Court had said last week.

The High Court had also set a seven-day dead line for the convicts to avail any remaining remedies.

The Centre and Delhi governments moved the Supreme Court challenging the High Court order.

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