Additional Solicitor-General Siddharth Luthra said the two convicts in the December 16 gang-rape could be trying to delay the proceedings.
“Our concern is it [the demand for documents in Hindi] is being used only as a dilatory tactic,” the ASG said.
Why such a rush?
The CJI said: “The High Court should not show this kind of anxiety in hearing the appeals. Tell us whether the High Court is deciding all death reference cases expeditiously. Then why are you rushing through this appeal? The accused must have the satisfaction that they were given full opportunity of being heard. You can’t deny them.”
The Bench, in its brief order, directed the State government to provide copy of the judgment, order on sentence, charge sheet and the evidence in Hindi within 10 days. The Bench granted seven days thereafter to the accused to file additional grounds of appeal and that the High Court should take up their appeals for hearing thereafter. It also asked the counsel to cooperate for early disposal of the appeals once the documents in Hindi were given to the accused.