On Thursday, The Supreme Court said it would hear a review petition by Nirbhaya case convict Akshay Singh Thakur on December 17, amid the speculation that the four men convicted in the rape-and-murder case may be executed soon.
A three-judge bench will hear the petition, which was filed by Singh on Tuesday.
The convict in his review petition pleaded and requested the Supreme Court to consider his case and review its earlier the judgement of May 5, 2017, in which the top court sentenced him to the gallows.
“We are requesting the apex court to conduct the review petition hearing in an open court,” Dr AP Singh, the lawyer for the convict said.
Meanwhile, according to reports, the Tihar Jail in Delhi has requested the prison department of Uttar Pradesh to provide two hangmen on short notice, which amid reports that four men convicted in the Nirbhaya rape-and-murder case may be executed soon.
On Thursday, Anand Kuma, Uttar Pradesh’s Additional Director General (Prisons), told reporters that the department is ready to provide the hangmen. “There are no hangmen with the Tihar Jail administration for those who were awarded capital punishment and are not left with any constitutional and legal remedy,” Kumar said.
“As they were aware that we have two hangmen in UP, they asked us to provide them whenever needed on short notice,” the Additional Director General (Prisons) added.
Six people were convicted for brutally raping and murdering a 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus while she was on her way back home on December 16, 2012.
Nirbhaya died from her injuries but the brutal gang rape sparked a nationwide fury that led to new legislation which can deal with these horrific crimes.
Of the six people convicted in the case, one was a minor, who was sent to a rehabilitation centre, and another, Ram Singh, committed suicide in the Tihar Jail.