New Delhi: The Supreme Court has decided to extend working hours for speedy justice in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape case. Taking up the matter for hearing today, the court said that the Special bench will from 2-6 pm from July 18 onwards. In April this year the court had appointed two senior lawyers to appear for the four convicted rapists Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra appointed senior advocates Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde as amicus curiae to assist the court in the matter. While Ramachandran would assist the court in appeals of the convicts –Mukesh and Pawan, Hegde would appear for convicts Vinay and Akshay in the case.
The convicts had approached the apex court against the Delhi High Court’s March 13, 2014 verdict, which had termed that their offence fell in the rarest of rare category and upheld the death sentence awarded to them by the trial court.
A 23-year-old paramedic was brutally assaulted and gang-raped by six persons in a moving bus in South Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. She had died in a Singapore hospital on December 29.
The prime accused, Ram Singh, had been found dead in a cell in Tihar Jail in March 2013 and proceedings against him were abated. On August 31, 2013, another accused, a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted and sentenced to three years in a reformation home.s released from observation home in December last year.