Dec 16 gangrape case, final hearing on July 18


New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday posted for final hearing on July 18 in the appeals filed by four accused in the Dec. 16 gang rape case seeking to quash the Delhi high Court verdict confirming the death sentence awarded to them for the December 16, 2012 incident in the capital.

The convicts Vinay Sharma (21) and Akshay Thakur (29), Mukesh (27) and Pawan Gupta (20) were awarded death sentence and the apex court had stayed their execution. The Delhi high court had upheld their conviction and award of death penalty by terming the offence as “extremely fiendish” and “unparalleled in the history of criminal jurisprude-nce” and said the “exemplary punishment” was the need of the hour.

Though arguments started in April before a three-judge Bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra, arguments will have to be made afresh since the combination of judges in the bench has been changed. The bench comprises Justices Dipak Misra, C. Nagappan and Ms. R. Banumathi.