In a late night development, the Supreme Court refused to stay the release of the juvenile convict of 16 December gangrape after the Delhi Commission for Women moved the apex court post midnight on 20 December.
Chief Justice TS Thakur transferred the matter to a vacation bench, which at around 2 am in the morning announced about posting the matter for hearing on Monday.
The order pronounced by the bench consisting of Justices AK Goel and UU Lalit means that the most brutal rapist of Jyoti Singh will walk free on Sunday.
However, DCW chairperson, Swati Maliwal, and the lawyers of the women’s panel hoped that since the matter had become sub-judice, the government and Delhi Police will not release the juvenile offender.
“The matter has been posted for hearing on Monday as item number 3. The matter has now become sub-judice. I hope that government and the Delhi Police will wait for one day and not release him,” Maliwal told reporters outside the residence of Justice Goel.
The Special Leave Petition filed by DCW against the order of the Delhi High Court, which refused to restrain the release of the convict, was referred by the Chief Justice of India TS Thakur before the vacation bench. Lawyers associated with the case, including senior advocate Guru Krishna Kumar and Devdutt Kamath, had rushed to Justice Goel’s residence at around 1.30 am after Maliwal was told by the Registrar that the matter has been assigned to the vacation bench.