Nirbhaya case: SC to hear convict’s plea against HC order at 12.45 pm today

New Delhi, January 20

The Supreme Court will hear at 12.45 pm on Monday the plea of a death row convict in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case against a Delhi High Court order dismissing his claim that he was a juvenile when the crime was committed.

Pawan Kumar Gupta’s plea will be heard by a bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bushan and AS Bopanna.

Gupta had moved the apex court on Friday.

He has also sought a direction restraining the authorities from executing the death penalty, scheduled for February 1.

A Delhi court on Friday issued fresh death warrants for February 1 against the four convicts–Vinay Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Akshay Kumar Singh and Pawan–in the case.

A 23-year-old paramedic student, referred to as Nirbhaya, was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 in a moving bus in south Delhi by six men before she was thrown out on the road.

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