New Delhi, May 5: The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence awarded to four convicts in the brutal December 16, 2012 gangrape and murder case by Delhi High Court in 2014. Delivering the judgement, the Supreme Court said, “Taking the serious injuries, the severe nature of offence committed by the convicts, we are upholding the sentence.” Also Read - Supreme Court Slaps Rs 50,000 Fine on Waseem Rizvi For Plea Seeking Removal of 26 Verses From Quran
Justice Dipak Mishra, while reading out the judgement, said that modern and progressive methods have been adopted in conducting the investigation. He also said that the evidence presented by the prosecution shall be relied on which hinted that he is convinced with the culpability of the four accused while terming the crime as brutal, barbaric and diabolic. (ALSO READ- Nirbhaya gangrape case: What the Supreme Court judges said in their verdict) Also Read - Supreme Court Reverts to Virtual Hearings After 50% Staff Test COVID Positive
According to latest reports, a Bench comprising Justices Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan had read out two different judgments on Friday in court room 2. One of them was read out by Justice Dipak Misra and the other one was read out by R Banumathi. Justice Banumathi said that there should be systematic education of children of to ensure how they will give respect to women. The Apex court announced the order in just 20 minutes. (ALSO READ – Nirbhaya would have turned 28 this May 10) Also Read - SC Dismisses Pleas Of Maharashtra Govt, Anil Deshmukh Against CBI Enquiry On Parambir Singh's Allegations
While reading out his judgement, Justice Misra said the CCTV footage is reliable, dying declaration of the victim and the guilt establishment of the accused. Soon after the judgement was delivered, the sound of applause enveloped the courtroom.
Earlier in the day, an ANI report had quoted Nirbhaya’s mother as saying that she has full faith in the judiciary. “I am sure that the apex court, through its ruling, will give justice to my daughter. This will set an example for the world,” she said. Nirbhaya’s father was sure of the fact that the apex court will award death sentence to the convicts. “They will be awarded death sentence. Leave Supreme Court, even God will not forgive such people,” he said.
Meanwhile, Union Cabinet Minister Maneka Gandhi welcomed the Supreme Court’s judgement. “This verdict acts as a deterrent in future,” she said. On the other hand, the lawyer of convicts, AP Singh did not agree with the judgement and asserted that the justice has not been served. “We will file review petition after reading the order,” he said.
Earlier on March 27, the apex court had reserved its verdict on the appeals of four convicts — Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh. The four had challenged the Delhi High Court’s March 13, 2014 order which had sentenced them to the gallows. (ALSO READ – Nirbhaya gangrape: 25 things you need to know about the incident that shook the nation)
Out of the six accused, main accused and bus driver Ram Singh hanged himself in prison. The sixth accused who was a juvenile was released from the juvenile home on December 18, 2015 after three-year term. Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) had framed rape, murder charges against the minor accused. (ALSO READ: SC upholds death penalty for four convicts in Nirbhaya gangrape case; options before them)
While Delhi Police had sought capital punishment for the convicts, the defence counsel had said they deserved leniency considering their poor family background and young age. The police had told the bench that the horrific crime committed by these men warranted death penalty and the test of being a “rarest of rare” case was satisfied in this matter. (Click to view the timeline of the horrific Nirbhaya gangrape case)
The 23-year-old paramedic was brutally assaulted and gangraped by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. She succumbed to her injuries and died at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore on December 29, 2012.