SC refuses to stay release of convict in Nirbhaya case

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Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a petition filed by the Delhi Commission for Women against the release of the juvenile convict in what is known as the Nirbhaya gang-rape case, saying it “shared” the concern of general citizens’ but its hands were “tied” by the law.

“We share your concern but our hands are tied by the existing law. There has to be clear legislative sanction to extend the detention period beyond 3 years. Under the present law, detention cannot be extended beyond three years,” the court said.

Earlier Delhi High Court had denied stay on the release.

Appearing for DCW, senior advocate Guru Krishnakumar and advocate Devadatta Kamat told the court that the juvenile had not undergone any reform programme which was mandatory under law.

“Thus releasing the said respondent without even calling for an assessment of his mental state may be extremely dangerous to the society,” the petition added. The convict in Nirbhaya gang-rape case is now 20 years old. He was a juvenile in 2012 when he committed the heinous crime along with his friends in a moving bus in the national capital. The court found him guilty of raping and assaulting the victim, who later died in hospital.

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