Delhi court appoints lawyer for Nirbhaya case convict

Delhi gang rape convicts, clockwise from top left, Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

A Delhi court on Thursday appointed a lawyer to represent Pawan Gupta, one of the four convicts sentenced to death in the December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, as he refused to take legal aid offered by Delhi State Legal Services Authority (DSLSA).

Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana later posted the hearing in the pleas seeking fresh death warrants against the convicts for Monday.

DSLSA had provided Gupta’s father with a list of its empanelled advocates to chose from. Tihar Jail authorities informed the court that he had refused to have a lawyer via the DSLSA.

The victim’s parents and the Delhi government have moved an application seeking fresh death warrants for the four convicts after the Supreme Court granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of a fresh date for the execution of the convicts.


The trial court had on January 31 stayed the execution of the four convicts in the case — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

Remedies exhausted

Except Pawan Gupta, all the convicts have exhausted the legal remedies available to file a curative petition before the Supreme Court. The President has also rejected the mercy pleas of Singh, Kumar and Sharma.

The four convicts were sentenced to death by a local court. The order has been upheld by the High Court and the Supreme Court.

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