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Supreme Court dismisses curative petition of Nirbhaya convict Pawan Gupta

The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the curative petition of Pawan Gupta, one of the four convicts awarded the death sentence in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

“We have gone through the curative petition and the relevant documents. In our opinion, no case is made out within the parameters indicated in the decision of this court in Rupa Ashok Hurra vs Ashok Hurra and Another Hence, the curative petition is dismissed,” the brief order of the Supreme Court read.

The Delhi High Court had on Wednesday dismissed an application filed by another death row convict Mukesh Singh to challenge a trial court order rejecting his plea for stay on his execution on the ground that he was not present in Delhi on December 16, 2012, the night of the crime. Justice Brijesh Sethi had observed that “there are no grounds to interfere in the detailed and reasoned order dated March 17, 2020 passed by the trial court.”

The high court on Wednesday said there were no grounds to interfere in the detailed and reasoned order of the trial court. On Tuesday, the trial court dismissed Mukesh Singh’s plea and asked the Bar Council of India to appropriately sensitise his counsel.