Amidst the twists, turns, delays and frustration, justice at last in Nirbhaya case

nirbhaya-1New Delhi, Mar 20: Justice was delivered at last and the four killers in the Nirbhaya case were hanged at the Tihar jail in the wee hours of Friday. The hanging was confirmed by Sandeep Goel, Director General of Tihar jail.

The killers made a last ditch attempt to stall the hanging by approaching the Supreme Court. At 2.30 am, the Supreme Court refused to stall the execution. On Thursday, the convicts had even approached the High Court, but failed to get any relief.

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Explained: The mockery of justice in the Nirbhaya case

nirbhaya-explainedNew Delhi, Mar 05: There has been an absolute mockery of justice in the Nirbhaya case, with the four convicts filings appeals one after another separately. The loophole in the law, which bars the hanging of convicts separately has been made use of in this case.

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Nirbhaya: Convicts taking system for a ride under garb of Article 21; It’s time to review judicial process

nirbhaya-hangmanThe acts of Nirbhaya convicts in exploring loopholes in the judicial process and taking the system for a ride has taught officials that there is a need to address these loopholes, lest convicts continue to exploit them.

The Supreme Court made some telling observations, while stating that convicts on a death row were exploiting procedural loopholes to either avoid or delay executions. It is extremely important for death penalty to attain a finality, a Bench headed by Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde said.

The Bench was indirectly referring to the Nirbhaya case in which the convicts were filing continuous and separate petitions. The court said that the finality of a death sentence is extremely important. Recent events have shown that, and one cannot go on fighting endlessly on this, the court also noted.

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Hard to digest what is happening in Nirbhaya case: Justice Santhosh Hegde

Left: Nirbhaya Killers, Right: Justice Santhosh Hegde

New Delhi, Jan 24: Every loophole in the system has been used by the killers in the Nirbhaya case to delay their execution. This prompted the Centre to move the Supreme Court for fixing a seven-day deadline for executing death penalty of condemned prisoners.

The plea of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) assumes significance in view of the the death row convicts in the sensational Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case of 2012 filing review, curative and mercy petitions, which has delayed their hanging.

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Nirbhaya: CJI recuses from hearing review plea, hearing tomorrow at 10.30 am

nirbahaya--New Delhi, Dec 17: Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde has recused himself from hearing the review plea filed by Nirbhaya’s killer Akshay Kumar.

The CJI cited personal reasons. The plea will be heard tomorrow at 10.30 am. The review was taken up in the chambers of the Chief Justice of India, S A Bobde and the plea filed by Akshay Kumar was also be heard by Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.

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What a hangman must know and what it takes to be one

nirbhaya-hangmanNew Delhi, Dec 10: As Tihar looks for a hangman to hang the killers of Nirbhaya, a head constable from Tamil Nadu has offered himself to do the job.

Finding a hangman has always been problematic for the jail authorities. Not many jails have a hangman who is permanently on the job.

MHA recommends gallows: Nirbhaya convict closer to hanging now

nirbhaya-accusedNew Delhi, Dec 06: The killers of Nirbhaya are further closer to the gallows with the Ministry of Home Affairs rejecting the mercy plea of one of the convicts.

The Ministry for Home Affairs recommended to the President of India to reject the mercy plea of the convict in the Nirbhaya case.

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Nirbhaya: 4 years later, a nation awaits justices later, a nation awaits justice

Nirbhaya_Rape_caseNew Delhi, Dec 16: It has been four since India woke up to the horrific rape and murder of Nirbhaya.

An incident that shocked the conscience of the nation and raised questions as to how safe women were in the country.

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Nirbhaya case listed for July 11 before 3 judge bench of SC

nirbhayaNew Delhi, July 7: A three judge bench will hear the Nirbhaya matter on July 11. The three judge bench would comprise Justices Dipak Misra, C Nagappan and Banumathi.
The Bench would hear an appeal filed by the accused who had challenged the death sentences awarded to them.

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Juvenile Justice Bill passed- The road ahead

juvenileNew Delhi, Dec 22:The much awaited Juvenile Justice Bill was finally passed in the Rajya Sabha today. While the passing of this bill which will become a law will not have any impact on the juvenile who was accused in the Nirbhaya case, it would have a bearing in future cases.

The main point that this bill seeks to make is to try those between the age of 16 and 18 as adults for heinous crimes. The bill was passed six months back by the Lok Sabha and it was pending assent by the Rajya Sabha.

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