NEW DELHI :
NIRBHAYA’S mother Asha Devi on Wednesday protested outside a trial court premises here over the delay in hanging of the four convicts in the gangrape and murder case of her daughter. Her protests come right after the trial court offered lawyer to Pawan Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the case, saying a condemned convict is entitled to legal aide till his last breath.
Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana expressed displeasure over delay from Pawan’s side who said he has removed his earlier lawyer and will need time to engage a new one. District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) provided Pawan’s father with a list of its empanelled advocates to chose from. During the hearing on issuance of fresh death warrant, Advocate A P Singh apprised the court that he no longer represents convict Pawan Gupta in the case.
Out of the four convicts, Pawan is the only one who has not yet availed of the remedy of either curative or mercy petitions, which will be the last judicial and constitutional resort available to him. Nirbhaya’s parents and the Delhi Government had moved the court on Tuesday seeking fresh death warrants for the four convicts after the Supreme Court granted liberty to the authorities to approach the trial court for issuance of fresh date for the execution of these convicts. The date of execution, first fixed for January 22 in Tihar jail, was postponed for 6 am on February 1 by a January 17 court order. The trial court later, on January 31 stayed, “till further orders” the execution of the four convicts in the case, who are lodged in Tihar Jail.