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Delhi HC issues production warrant to death row rapists

September 23, 2013 12:56 IST

The Delhi high court on Monday issued production warrants for Tuesday to four death row convicts in the December 16 gang rape and murder case on the trial court's reference for confirmation of the capital punishment given to them.

A bench of justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani directed Tihar Jail authorities to produce Mukesh, 26, Akshay Thakur, 28, Pawan Gupta, 19, and Vinay Sharma, 20, before it tomorrow.

The order came on the submission of Dayan Krishnan, who has been re-appointed as special public prosecutor by the Delhi police in the case, that this court can direct production of the convicts to know whether they are going to file an appeal against the trial court's judgment.

The prosecutor made his submission while answering a query of the bench as to how soon the court can hear the matter at length.

The court also asked the high court registry to prepare paper books for the parties in the matter.

On September 13, while awarding capital punishment to Mukesh, Akshay, Pawan and Vinay, Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna had referred the case to the high court for confirmation of the sentence.

The trial court has to refer each death penalty case to the high court for confirmation of the punishment.

The trial court had also granted 30 days time to the convicts to file their appeal before the high court.

The four convicts were awarded death sentence in the brutal gang rape case by the sessions court, which said it fell in the rarest of rare category as the crime was committed against a 23-year-old "defenceless" girl in a "beastly" and "hair-raising" manner.

"Accordingly, the convicts be hanged by neck till they are dead," the trial court had said after noting that the inhuman and ghastly acts of the convicts shocked the collective conscience of the nation and deserves exemplary punishment.

Prime accused Ram Singh, 34, was found dead in the cell in Tihar Jail in March and proceedings against him were abated.

On August 31, the juvenile accused was convicted and sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reformation home.

On the night of December 16, last year, the paramedic student was gang raped in a moving bus in south Delhi after the convicts lured her and her 28-year-old male friend, who was also assaulted, on board the vehicle, which was later found to be plying illegally.

The girl succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital.

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