‘Nirbhaya’ case convicts write to CJI

Two December 16 gang-rape convicts have written a letter to the Chief Justice of India against the appointment of Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde as amicus curiae.In their letter, the two convicts wrote that the two lawyers have taken a position against them in TV debates and hence can’t be neutral.

A special bench of the Supreme Court, hearing plea of death convicts in Nirbhaya rape and murder case, on Monday decided to sit two hours beyond its working time to ensure speedy disposal of the case that has been pending in the Court for more than two years.The Supreme Court had earlier clarified that the two amicus curiae appointed by it on the appeals of the four death row convicts in December 16 gang-rape and murder case do not undermine the credentials of the lawyers engaged by the condemned prisoners

The trial court had concluded proceedings in the Nirbhaya case within nine months and awarded death sentence to four accused. The Delhi high court also took less than six months to conclude hearing on their appeal and affirmed the sentence but proceedings in the apex court have not been as fast as in the subordinate courts. The case is pending in the SC since March 2014 when it had stayed execution of their death sentence.

The proceedings in the Supreme Court got delayed as the case was to be heard by a special three-judge bench and it was difficult for judges, who sit in different combinations, to assemble to hear the case.

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