Nirbhaya case: Convict files review petition in SC, seeks leniency citing pollution
The convict — Akshay — in his review petition pleaded and requested the Supreme Court to consider his prayer and review its earlier judgement of May 5, 2017, in which top court sentenced him to the gallows.
New Delhi: Akshay Kumar Singh, one of the convicts in the brutal December 16, 2012, gang-rape and murder case, on Tuesday filed a review petition in the Supreme Court seeking modification and leniency.
Singh was sentenced to death by a trial court on September 13, 2013, for raping and murdering the 23-year-old woman physiotherapist on the chilling cold night of December 16, 2012, in the national capital.
His sentence was upheld by the Delhi High Court and finally by the Supreme Court.
The convict — Akshay — in his review petition pleaded and requested the Supreme Court to consider his prayer and review its earlier judgement of May 5, 2017, in which the top court sentenced him to the gallows.
“We are requesting the apex court to conduct the review petition hearing in an open court,” Dr AP Singh, the lawyer for the convict, told ANI.
The apex court had on May 5, 2017, upheld the death sentence of all the four convicts in the brutal December 16 gangrape and murder case.
#NirbhayaCase convict Akshay’s review petition in the #SupremeCourt states why give him death penalty when life is going to be short even otherwise due to bad air and water in #Delhi. Lawyer also cites Satyug, Kalyug etc. Remarkable audacity.. pic.twitter.com/MVxO5WXo0i
— Utkarsh Anand (@utkarsh_aanand) December 10, 2019
The apex court, while dismissing the appeal of the four convicts, had said that the crime fell in the rarest of rare category and “shaken the conscience of the society.”
Akshay Singh Thakur was convicted in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case along with Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma. All four were awarded the death penalty and the punishment was upheld by the Supreme Court. Earlier, Mukesh Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma filed review petitions asking the Supreme Court to reconsider their convictions. The petitions were rejected. (ANI)