Nirbhaya case: SC to hear convict’s plea at 12.45 pm

New Delhi: The Supreme Court will hear at 12.45 pm today the plea of a death row convict in the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape 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 A S 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 1 February.

A Delhi court on Friday issued fresh death warrants for 1 February 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 gangraped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of 16-17 December, 2012 in a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before she was thrown out on the road.