The Supreme court dismissed the petition filed by 3 convicts in Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case on Monday, July 9. The 3 convicts, Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23) had requested the Supreme Court to convert the death sentence punishment to life imprisonment. A 3 judge bench comprising Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan dismissed the plea.

Addressing the media, Chief Justice of India (CJI) Dipak Misra said that there is no material to review the order.

As per sources, the lawyer of convict will file a curative petition after today’s verdict. The lawyers for convicts AP Singh said that injustice had been meted out to the petitioners. He also added that the decision is being made under the political and public pressure.

After the decision of the Supreme Court, Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi said that today’s decision will reaffirm our trust that we will get the justice.

Nirbhaya’s father said that as soon the culprits get hanged is better. According to sources, except Akshay Kumar Singh, rest 3 convicts have requested to review the death sentence order and change it to life imprisonment, but the court rejected the request.

The Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case had also triggered an outrage across the country. After the incident, the government made many changes in laws for crime against women and sexual crimes. Earlier, on May 5 last year the Supreme Court had upheld the verdict of the Delhi High Court and the trial court to award death penalty to rape culprits.

Rohan Mahajan, lawyer of Narbhaya’s family called the decision as a victorious moment. People of the country will be satisfied with today’s decision.

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