2012 Delhi gangrape case: Supreme Court refuses to entertain Mukesh Singh's plea claiming he wasn't in Delhi at time of crime

The Supreme Court refused to entertain the plea of Mukesh Singh, one of the four death-row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case, challenging the Delhi High Court order which rejected his claim that he was not in the city at the time of crime

Press Trust of India March 19, 2020 17:39:24 IST
2012 Delhi gangrape case: Supreme Court refuses to entertain Mukesh Singh's plea claiming he wasn't in Delhi at time of crime

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Thursday refused to entertain the plea of Mukesh Singh, one of the four death-row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case, challenging the Delhi High Court order which rejected his claim that he was not in the city at the time of crime on 16 December, 2012.

A bench of Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna said the convict has exhausted all his remedies and no fresh evidence can be entertained at this level.

2012 Delhi gangrape case Supreme Court refuses to entertain Mukesh Singhs plea claiming he wasnt in Delhi at time of crime

File image of the Supreme Court. PTI

The bench said it does not find any merit in the plea and hence it cannot be entertained.

"The petitioner has raised points on the merits of the trial, that is there was no consideration of the evidence about the medical status of the accused. Has raised doubts about the arrest of the accused from Karoli," the bench said in its order.

It said the convict was given every opportunity to raise his points and he was duly heard.

"After the petitioner was afforded all opportunities and appeal process, the criminal appeal filed before this court was heard at length.

"All points raised by the accused were considered and appeal dismissed. Review petition, considered and dismissed. Therefore, the instant petition is dismissed," the bench said.

The petition sought recording of calls, documents, and reports by an investigating agency like CBI and to declare that the convict has legal and constitutional rights to approach any court at any time even in the last minute of hanging.

It also sought a declaration that concealment of documents by the state in the trial is a serious fraud which vitiates a trial being unfair.

Mukesh in his petition said that even after his execution, facts in the case must be examined judicially so in the future no "innocent be victim of failure of justice under media pressure".

"The petitioner is not looking for any adjournment of execution of death warrant and seeking justice that even after his death truth will survive and justice is done and seen by the world that he was innocent," the plea said.

The high court had 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.

On 5 March, the trial court issued fresh warrants for hanging on 20 March at 5.30 am of all convicts in the case - Mukesh Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Singh (31).

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