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Nirbhaya case: Supreme Court dismisses convict’s juvenile claim

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a plea by one of the convicts in Nirbhaya gang rape case where he had claimed that he was a juvenile when the crime was committed.
The Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by convict Pawan Kumar Gupta was dismissed as the court did not find any fresh ground in the matter.
Pawan has claimed that he was a juvenile at the time of crime and the Delhi high court had ignored this fact.
A Supreme Court bench headed by Justice R Banumathi was hearing on the plea of a death-row convict Pawan Kumar Gupta in the Nirbhaya case against a Delhi High Court order.
Gupta's counsel told the bench that the convict was minor at the time of commission of offence in December 2012 and the high court had wrongly dismissed plea.
The bench said the claim of being a juvenile was not taken initially during trial in the Nirbhaya case. However, Gupta's lawyer contended that it was taken as a 'mitigating circumstance' at the time of sentencing in the case.
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 freRead More – Source

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