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Step Closer: SC upholds death penalty in Nirbhaya case

December 18, 2019 | 14:24 IST | Editorial |

The Supreme Court today rejected the review petition filed by Akshay Kumar Singh, a death row convict in the Nirbhaya gangrape case of 2012.

The three-judge bench headed by Justice R Banumathi and comprising of Justices Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna dismissed the plea today after CJI SA Bobde recused himself from hearing the matter yesterday.

While dismissing the review petition, the Bench said, “We do not find any error on the face of the record.”

Justice Banumathi while reading the judgment said,
“Grounds raised are identical to the ones raised in the review Petitions filed in this case by other convicts which were dismissed then.
So far as the flaws in the investigation, all these things have been considered by the trial court, High Court and then it was confirmed by this court too.”

Reacting to the SC’s verdict, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi said that she was very happy.