New Delhi: On Thursday, the Delhi High Court rejected the plea filed by Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the convicts in the 2012 Delhi gang-rape case.
The court had earlier recalled the adjournment hearing of convict Pawan Gupta’s plea. The convict has claimed that the case should proceed under the Juvenile Justice Act as he was a minor at the time of the incident.
In his plea, Gupta claimed that the benefit of the doubt should be given to him as his ossification test was not conducted at the time of his arrest.
The petition read, “No ossification test of the petitioner was conducted by the investigating officers. The age verification report filed by the investigating officers could not be relied upon. The convict should be treated as a juvenile under the Juvenile Justice Act. ”
Pawan, who was awarded death sentence and lodged in Tihar jail, sought that the concerned authority be directed to conduct his ossification test to ascertain his claim of juvenility.
Besides Pawan, the other three convicts in the case are Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh.
Asha Devi, mother of 2012 Delhi gang-rape victim has expressed happiness over the decision and said, ”I welcome today’s decision. It is very important to teach lesson to such people. I am happy”.