The Supreme Court on Friday morning rejected the appeal filed by the Nirbhaya rapists’ lawyer AP Singh after the Delhi High Court ruled that Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta and Akshay Singh will have to be hanged at 5.30 AM as scheduled.
This was after the Delhi High Court on Thursday night dismissed the last-minute petition filed by the lawyer of Nirbhaya’s four rapists against the lower court’s order on their hanging on 20 March at 5.30 AM.
A bench of Justices Manmohan and Sanjeev Narula in the Delhi High Court had said that there was no merit in the petition. Justice Manmohan, according to Livelaw website, made a strong remark against the rapists’ lawyer, AP Singh, as he said, “The time is close for your client to meet God. Why waste our time? We have no time.”
According to news agency ANI, AP Singh said in the high court that justice hurried is justice buried. To which, the court told the lawyer, “You have not raised a single legal point.”
Justice Manmohan, according to Bar and Bench website, told Singh, “There is no annexure, no memo of parties, there is nothing in this matter, no affidavits, nothing. Do you have the permission to file this Petition?”
Singh had argued that the photocopy was not working due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Not satisfied with the judgment passed by the Delhi High Court, Singh had approached the Supreme Court, which agreed to hear the matter at 2.30 AM. A three-judge bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, R Banumathi and AS Bopanna refused to entertain Singh’s arguments saying that the point raised by him had already been scrunitised in earlier hearings.
In 2012, six rapists including one minor had brutally raped a medical student, known as Nirbhaya, on a moving bus. The prime accused, Ram Singh, had later committed suicide in Tihar Jail. The juvenile was later released after spending his time in a correction home.