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Dec 16 brutal outrage: SC bides time on review plea


New Delhi, Orders were reserved on Friday in the review petition filed by-- Pawan, Vinay and Mukesh-- convicts in the December 16, 2012, gangrape-murder case in the Capital, which shook the conscience of society. Akshay, the fourth convict, has not filed the review petition yet. The Supreme Court granted three weeks to Akshay to file his review petition.Grievously injured in the brutal assault, the 23-year-old victim had died in a Singapore hospital.The convicts were sentenced to the gallows by a trial court, the capital punishment subsequently upheld by the Delhi High Court and then the apex court. One of the accused, Ram Singh, had died in police custody while a juvenile convict was sentenced to three years in a correctional facility. AP Singh, counsel for Pawan and Vinay, pleaded to the bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and also comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and R Banumathi, for a lesser punishment. He contended that the investigation in the case was flawed. Death penalty, Singh pleaded, is the denial of a human's right to life. It is not a rarest of the rare case where death penalty was meted out, the defence added. In this case, AP Singh argued, the fundamental norm of sentencing had not been followed. "Execution kills the criminal, but not the crime." He submitted that the death penalty should not continue in a civilized society. Senior counsel, Siddhartha Luthra, appearing for the prosecution, submitted that the case fell under the rarest of the rare category and all the convicts deserved the maximum sentence--death penalty.

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