SC to take up curative plea by Nirbhaya case convict

SC to take up curative plea by Nirbhaya case convict

Supreme Court of India. (PTI Photo)

The Supreme Court would on Thursday take up a curative petition by one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case. He contended that capital punishment was being awarded by courts as "panacea" in the face of public pressure and public opinion on violence against women.

A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Arun Mishra, R F Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan would consider the curative petition by Akshay Kumar Singh (31) on January 30.

The curative petition, decided in a chamber of judges without presence of counsel, is the last legal recourse available to a person in a court of law to seek reconsideration of the judgment.

Of the four convicts, a similar plea by Vinay Kumar Sharma and Mukesh Kumar Singh had already been dismissed by the apex court. The fourth convict, Pawan Gupta, has not filed a curative petition. 

Meanwhile, convict Vinay filed a mercy petition with the President on Wednesday.