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SC rejects death row convict's plea claiming juvenility

SC rejects death row convicts plea claiming juvenility

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday rejected the plea of a death row convict in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case challenging the Delhi High Court order which had dismissed his claim of being a juvenile at the time of commission of offence.

A bench comprising Justices R Banumathi, Ashok Bushan and A S Bopanna dismissed the plea of the death row convict, Pawan Kumar Gupta, and upheld the Delhi High Court verdict.

The Apex Court said there was no ground to interfere with the high court order that rejected Pawan's plea and his claim was rightly rejected by the trial court as also the high court.

Advocate A P Singh, appearing for Pawan, said as per his school-leaving certificate he was a minor at the time of the offence and none of the courts, including trial court and high court, never considered his documents.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing for Delhi Police, said his claim of juvenility was considered at each and every judicial forum and it will be a travesty of justice if the convict is allowed to raise the claim of juvenility repeatedly and at this point of time.

He said the convict was 19 years old at the time of offence and there is a certified copy of his birth certificate as well as school-leaving certificate which was taken on record by each and every judicial forum. with agency inputs

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