Days before the four convicts in Nirbhaya gangrape case will be hanged, the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the claim of Pawan Kumar Gupta, one of the convicts. Claiming that they didn’t find any fresh ground in the matter, a bench headed by Justice R Banumathi dismissed the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by convict Pawan that he was juvenile when the crime was committed. Pawan also stated that the Delhi high court and the then police department had ignored the fact that he was a minor. “Once the issue of juvenile is examined and rejected by courts it can’t be raised again,” the Supreme Court said.
While the convicts are supposed to be executed on January 15th, the date was put off after a convict filed Mukesh, one of the convicts filed a mercy plea. Advocate AP Singh, who has been facing public flak for appearing for convicts, argued that Pawan’s school certificate showed he was a minor. However, the Delhi police snubbed the arguments and stated that it would be a travesty of justice if he was allowed to raise the claim of juvenility repeatedly. Delhi government on January 16 issued fresh death warrants stating that the four convicts will be executed at 6 am on February 1 in Tihar jail.