A fast track court in Delhi will pronounce the quantum of punishment against the four convicts who were held guilty in the December 16 gangarpe case.
Live highlights from the court room:
2.00 pm: The court will announce the quantum of punishment for the convicts in the December 16 Delhi gangrape case at 2.30 pm on Friday.
1.25 pm: Batla house encounter accused got life; was let off for politics; why are these men being considered for death, asks defence.
1.17 pm: Convict Vinay Sharma's lawyer AP Singh says he is a good student, has applied to air force, didn't commit crime.
12.52: pm Defence says state should not be allowed to take simplistic step of execution to show they are curbing crimes against women.
12.43: pm: Defence lawyer's plea: don't award death; young, uneducated boy (Pawan Gupta) was under the influence of alcohol.
12.34 pm: One of the men convicted in the case called out his innocence as police drove him into the courthouse where he and three others faced the possibility of death sentences. Minutes later, the prosecutor called for all four men to be hanged. It was not clear which of the four men was shouting, because his face was obscured behind the police van's heavy metal mesh, but he repeatedly called out, ``I am innocent! I am innocent!'' as the van drove past a scrum of reporters.
12.13 pm: Youngest convict Pawan Gupta's lawyer argues that his conduct is clean; no report of infraction in jail or during trial.
12.06 pm: Defence argues that capital punishment is a violation of fundamental rights; humanity rests on reverence for human life.
12.03 pm: Defence cites a judgement by Supreme Court wherein it had said: "murderers are not born but made, and may be unmade".
11.58 am: Convict Pawan Gupta's lawyer Vivek Sharma says he may have been in bus, does not mean he liable for all offences.
According to the lawyer, convict Pawan Gupta is youngest at 19 and there is possibility of reform.
11.53 am: The convicts seek leniency, saying life imprisonment is rule and death penalty is an exception.
The defence argued that "special reasons for death penalty must relate