Nirbhaya gangrape case: SC defers convict's review petition to December 12

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The Supreme Court on Monday deferred the review plea by one of the convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape case to December 12.

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The matter was heard by a bench consisting Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.

The review petition was moved through Advocate M L Sharma by Mukesh Singh, who is one of the four convicts sentenced to death in the case.

In May, a Supreme Court bench, headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, had upheld the High Court's order of death sentence to the four convicts - Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh. A fifth accused, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in March in 2013 and the sixth, a convicted juvenile was sentenced three years of punishment in a reform home, and released in 2015.

Six individuals, including a juvenile, had raped a 23-year-old woman in a moving bus in Delhi on December 16, 2012. The woman, whom they had brutally abused, had succumbed to her injuries on December 29 the same year at a hospital in Singapore.

The minor accused was released in December 2015 after serving three years in a detention home for juveniles while the main accused Ram Singh committed suicide in the Tihar jail.

A trial court had ordered death sentences for the convicts in September 2013, which was upheld by the Delhi High Court six months later.

Their appeals were dismissed by the Delhi High Court, which eventually led to the appeal in Supreme Court.

However, the Supreme Court issued a stay order on the sentence after the convicts Akshay, Vinay Sharma, Pawan and Mukesh had moved it.

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