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Frustrated by delay, Nirbhaya’s mom protests outside court

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Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi Wednesday protested outside a trial court premises over the delay in hanging of the four convicts in the gang rape and murder case of her daughter.

IMAGE: Nirbhaya’s mother broke down in tears after the court delayed the hanging of the four convicts in the December 2012 gang rape of her daughter. Photograph: ANI Photo

Her protests come right after the trial court offered Pawan Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the case, saying a condemned convict is entitled to legal aide till his last breath.

Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana expressed displeasure over delay from Pawan’s side who said he has removed his earlier lawyer and will need time to engage a new one.

 

District Legal Services Authority provided Pawan’s father with a list of its empanelled advocates to chose from.

Nirbhaya’s parents and the Delhi government had moved the court on Tuesday seeking fresh death warrants for the four convicts after the Supreme Court granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of fresh date for the execution of these convicts.

The date of execution, first fixed for January 22 in Tihar jail, was postponed for 6 am on February 1 by a January 17 court order. The trial court later, on January 31 stayed, “till further orders” the execution of the four convicts in the case, who are lodged in Tihar Jail.

The Tihar jail authorities had filed a status report on Tuesday before the trial court stating that no legal option was preferred by any convicts — Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31) — in last seven-day period, granted by the Delhi high court.

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