The Delhi High Court on Tuesday gave an ultimatum to the counsel for two of the four convicts in the December 16 gang-rape case that it would appoint an amicus curiae if he did not appear on Wednesday for initiating argument on confirmation of their death sentence.

A Division Bench of Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice Pratibha Rani fixed the deadline for the appearance of the lawyer when it found that he was once again absent from the Court when the matter was taken up for further hearing.

On an earlier occasion also, the lawyer had failed to appear to argue the case for his clients, Mukesh and Pawan Gupta.

The prosecution has already concluded its argument on the trial court’s reference for confirmation of the capital punishment of the four convicts, Mukesh, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur.

Holding the four guilty of gang-raping and murdering a woman physiotherapy student in a moving chartered bus last year, the trial court had in September sentenced them to death.

The Bench also observed that every attempt was being made to protract the hearing.

Counsel for Sharma and Thakur has part-argued the matter.

  • He was again found absent on the date of hearing

  • Judge says he will appoint amicus curiae if counsel does not appear