New Delhi [India], Jan. 30 : In a case which has reached the fag end of its argument, the Supreme Court today will hear the appeals filed by the four December 16 gangrape convicts challenging the Delhi High court order, which had sentenced them all to the gallows.
The matter is now at present being heard by the Apex Court three judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R.
Banumathj and Ashok Bhushan. Earlier, the apex court had declined the request by two amici curiae - senior counsel Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay R Hegde to withdraw from assisting the court in hearing of appeals by the convicts in the gang rape case.
Asking both to continue assisting the court in hearing of the appeals by the four accused convicted and sentenced to death, the three judge bench comprising of justices Dipak Misra, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan said: "We can appreciate the anguish expressed by the learned amici curiae".
Six people gang-raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy intern in a moving bus and thrashed her and her male friend.
They then violently raped and attacked her, and threw both of them from the moving bus on December 16.
The woman succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012. One of the accused, Ram Singh hanged himself in prison, while another man, who was a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted in August and will serve the maximum sentence of three years in a reform home.
Meanwhile, on December 3, amicus curiae Sanjay Hegde questioned the evidence produced by the prosecution in the gang-rape case, and came out with certain points putting a question on the merit of evidence.
According to Hegde, one of the convicts, Mukesh, was not with the prime culprit Ram Singh when the offence was committed, since their mobile locations were found to be different on that night.