To this, the court said that the video had already been produced and seen, clearly indicating that nothing would be able to change the decision of the court. Interestingly, when the court summoned the duo, their defence counsel could not make it to the court. Reserving the order of death sentence, the court asked the defence counsel to file their written submissions by Jan 15.
Special prosecution had argued that the sentencing of the convicts in the case would send a strong message to the people of India that there is no space for "deviant behaviour" in the society. The Defence counsel, however, had argued that the dying declaration of the victim was misinterpreted and fabricated and that the accused were innocent.
The high court started hearing the case from Nov 1, 2013 on a daily basis.