After almost half a decade, finally, on Friday, the Supreme Court upheld death penalty slapped on the four convicts – Akshay (31), Pawan (22), Vinay (23) and Mukesh (29) in the December 16 Nirbhaya gang rape case. The apex court trashed the objections raised by the senior counsels who were appointed amicus curiae in the matter – Sanjay R Hegde and Raju Ramachandran who were against it. As per the reports by Indian Express, the court also lauded Delhi Police and praised them for making use of modern and progressive scientific methods that were adopted while investigating the case.
The Indian Express quoted the order as saying, “The case is one where there can be no denial that the narrative is long, the investigation has been cautious… To bring home the charge, modern and progressive scientific methods have been adopted.”
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While, the senior advocate Sanjay R Hegde in his opposition said that the victim’s male friend who was with her on December 16 night and also the key prosecution witness of the incident, could not be relied upon, as according to Hegde, he made improvements in his statement. Though the court rejected this and said that victim’s friend’s presence was further confirmed by DNA analysis and that from the studied analysis of the evidence of PW-1, it is the only inevitable conclusion because the appreciation is founded on yardstick of consideration of totality of evidence and its intrinsic value on proper assessment.
Not only that Hegde also contended that as the case does not fall in the rarest of rare category, therefore imposition of death penalty would be extremely harsh and unwarranted. He had also said there was no premeditation to commit the crime. However, the court concluded that the case falls in the rarest of rare category and so Hegde and Ramachandran could not be reached for comments.