Dec 16 gangrape case: SC to sit for extra hours to hear appeals by convicts against death sentence

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The Supreme Court Monday decided to sit for extra hours to speed up the hearing of a batch of appeals filed by the convicts in the December 2012 gangrape case against their death sentence.
A three-judge special bench led by Justice Dipak Misra said the court could sit till 6 pm Monday and Friday every week to ensure expeditious hearing of the appeals.
The court usually sits till 4 pm. But the bench, which will assemble at 2 pm Monday and Friday from next week, said it was willing to sit for extra hours to enable a quick decision in the case.
Meanwhile, the bench also allowed an application filed by victim’s mother seeking to implead her as a party in the case.
It also requested senior advocates Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde — who have been appointed as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter — to prepare their briefs by July 18 when the bench will begin hearing the appeals. While Ramachandran will assist the court in the appeals of convicts Mukesh and Pawan, Hegde will assist in appeals of the other two convicts,
Vinay Sharma and Akshay
Kumar Singh.
These four convicts had approached the apex court against the Delhi High Court’s March 13, 2014 verdict which had observed that their offence fell in the rarest of rare category, and had upheld the death sentence awarded to them by the trial court.
A 23-year-old paramedic was fatally assaulted and gangraped by six persons in a moving bus in south Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle on the night of December 16, 2012.
She had died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
One of the accused, Ram Singh, was found dead in a cell in Tihar Jail in March 2013 and proceedings against him were abated.
On August 31, 2013, another accused — a juvenile at the time of the crime — was convicted and sentenced to three years in a reformation home. He was released from the observation home in December last year.

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