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Third Nirbhaya convict files curative petition in SC seeking commutation of death sentence

ANI | Updated: Jan 29, 2020 15:33 IST

New Delhi [India], Jan 29 (ANI): The third death row convict in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, Akshay Thakur, on Wednesday filed a curative petition before the Supreme Court seeking commutation of his death sentence to life imprisonment.
The curative petition, filed by advocate AP Singh, states that the present curative petition should be allowed by the apex court and it should set aside the May 5, 2017 order, which upheld the death sentence of the convicts.
"Modify the sentence of the petitioner, to life imprisonment as it serves all the purposes that the death penalty claims to serve and protects society from the impending reality in the near-future in which torture and murder are equated with justice as a panacea for all social evils," the petition said.
The petition said that lack of criminal antecedents, erroneous reliance on deterrence, probability of reformation, socio-economic circumstances, non-consideration of constitution bench judgment, were not considered by the courts while awarding his client to death.
The Supreme Court had dismissed Akshay's review petition in December last year.
A three-judge bench of the Supreme Court earlier today dismissed the plea of another convict in the matter -- Mukesh Kumar Singh -- challenging the rejection of his mercy petition by the President.
Earlier this month, a Delhi court had issued the death warrant for Akshay, Mukesh Kumar Singh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, and ordered their hanging on February 1.
The case pertains to the gang-rape of a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on the chilling night of December 16, 2012, by six people including a juvenile in Delhi. The woman had died at a Singapore hospital a few days later.
One of the five adult accused, Ram Singh, had committed suicide in the Tihar jail during the trial of the case. (ANI)