New Delhi: In another development, the Supreme Court will on Monday hear the curative petition of 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape murder case-accused Pawan Gupta. The five-judge Constitution bench headed by Justice NV Ramana and comprising Justice Arun Mishra, Justice RF Nariman, Justice R Banumathi and Justice Ashok Bhushan will hear the matter. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Convict Pawan Gupta Urges Supreme Court to Hold Open Hearing of Curative Plea
The development comes after Pawan Gupta had on Friday filed a curative petition before the top court and urged to change his death sentence to life imprisonment. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Akshay Thakur Files Mercy Plea Again, Says Earlier Petition Lacked 'Facts'
The fourth convict in the case to file a curative petition, the curative petition of the rest three have already been rejected by the top court in the past. Also Read - Nirbhaya Case: Fourth Convict Pawan Gupta Files Curative Petition in Supreme Court
In the curative plea before the apex court, Pawan has claimed that his age on the day of offence was 16 years and two months as per the school records last attended by him and the age has not been determined in accordance with the procedures laid down under the Juvenile Justice Act.
The fourth curative petition was filed after a fresh death warrant was issued for the four convicts — Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh, which orders their hanging at 6 AM on March 3 at Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
On the other hand, the Supreme Court has also fixed March 5 to hear a petition which was filed by Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), seeking directions to separately execute the convicts.
On the night of December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally raped by six people including a juvenile in Delhi. The woman died at a Singapore hospital a few days later.