Nirbhaya case : SC dismissses Pawan Gupta's curative petition

Nirbhaya case : SC dismissses  Pawan Gupta's curative petition

The Supreme Court today dismissed a curative petition by Pawan Gupta - one of the four convicts in the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old medical student in Delhi dubbed Nirbhaya by the media - a day before their scheduled date of hanging.

Pawan Gupta, 25, was the only convict in the case who had not exhausted his legal options of a curative petition, which he had filed last week.

He can now file a mercy plea before President Ram Nath Kovind. The mercy petitions of the three other convicts - Mukesh Kumar Singh, Vinay Kumar Sharma and Akshay Kumar - have already been dismissed by the President.

The Supreme Court had earlier dismissed the pleas filed by Mukesh Kumar Singh and Vinay Kumar Sharma that challenged the rejection of their mercy petitions. Akshay Kumar has not yet challenged the rejection of his mercy petition.The four convicts, along with two others - one of them a minor - had gang-raped the young woman and tortured her with an iron rod on the night of December 16, 2012. She died on December 29 at a hospital in Singapore.

One of the attackers, just short of 18 when the crime was committed, was released after spending three years at a reform home. The main accused, Ram Singh, was found hanging in jail.

The brutality of the attack had outraged the nation bringing thousands on the streets in protest, which led to key changes in the law and security system.