The convicts said the two lawyers had taken a position against them in TV debates and hence they can't be neutral.
Two convicts in the Nirbahaya gangrape-cum-murder case today wrote to the Chief Justice of India T S Thakur and justice Dipak Misra requesting not to appoint Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde as amicus curiae in the case.
Accusing them of bias, the convicts said the two lawyers had taken a position against them in TV debates and hence they can’t be neutral.
On Monday, the apex court had decided to sit two hours beyond its working hours to ensure speedy disposal of the case, which has been pending for more than two years.
The SC is hearing the plea of death convicts in the case.
Nirbhaya case: Two convicts write to CJI & Justice Dipak Misra requesting to not appoint Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde as amicus curiae
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On Monday, the SC clarified that the two amicus curiae appointed by it on the appeals of the four death row convicts in December 16 gangrape and murder case does not undermine the credentials of the lawyers engaged by the condemned prisoners.
A three-judge bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra made the remarks after one of the counsel appearing for two convicts said that “erroneous aspersions” have been casted in the minds of people regarding the capability of lawyers as apex court appointed amicus curiae in the matter at the last hearing.
“We clarify that the court appoints amicus curiae even when parties have engaged their counsel. It never means that the counsel is not competent,” the bench, also comprising justices C Nagappan and R Banumathi, said.
Advocate M L Sharma, appearing for two convicts, referred to a media report and said after the amicus curiae were appointed in the matter, it was reported that lawyers engaged by the convicts were “not competent”.
(With PTI inputs)