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Source Indiatoday: Nirbhaya parents shocked as rapists get top lawyers
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra had, considering the “gravity of the case and questions of law involved”, appointed two senior Supreme Court lawyers to argue the appeals filed by the four convicts in the December 16 gang rape and murder case against their death sentence awarded by the trial court and upheld by the Delhi High Court.
“Ab un sab ko phansi nahi milega? Hamein insaaf nahi milega? Suna ki unko bada vakil de diya gaya hain” ( Now won’t they be hanged? Won’t we get justice? Heard the accused got big lawyers) a worried Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi, flanked by her husband Badrinath Singh and son, was seen asking Delhi Police special public prosecutor and senior lawyer Siddharth Luthra while standing in the corridor of the Supreme Court Friday evening.
Minutes ago, a bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra had, considering the “gravity of the case and questions of law involved”, appointed two senior Supreme Court lawyers to argue the appeals filed by the four convicts in the December 16 gang rape and murder case against their death sentence awarded by the trial court and upheld by the Delhi High Court.
Responding to the mother’s query, Luthra asked her “not to worry” and said the judges, by giving the convicts senior lawyers was only trying to ensure that they got proper hearing which was mandatory in cases were accused faced gallows.
Incidentally, Ramachandran, who is opposed to capital punishment, had earlier represented 26/11 death convict Ajmal Kasab and Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon in the Supreme Court.
The bench amply hinted that the exercise of appointing the seniors was to ensure that all the convicts got a proper hearing as there were “inadequacies” till now.
It is to be noted that Supreme Court in several other similar cases has repeatedly said a trial in which an accused does not get an opportunity to properly defend himself can be declared invalid from the outset.
There was high drama before the appointment of the senior lawyers as M L Sharma and AK Singh, the lawyers who had represented the convicts in the lower court and high court vehemently protested saying the seniors shall argue only after they argued as they had been representing all accused from beginning”.
But putting his foot down, Justice Misra told them: “You cannot stop us from appointing any amicus.”
The Supreme Court had on April 4 begun hearing the appeals after keeping it in cold storage for more than two years. As per procedure, the SC needs to confirm the punishment and only then can the convicts can be hanged. The juvenile convict has already walked free after serving three years at a juvenile home while another accused – Mukesh’s brother Ram Singh – committed suicide inside Tihar Jail.