Nirbhaya case: SC defers hearing on separate hangings; appoints new lawyer for convict Pawan

The Supreme Court has deferred hearing to Friday the Centre’s plea seeking separate execution of the Nirbhaya case convicts.

Hearing a plea filed by convict Mukesh, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked Nirbhaya case convicts to file counter replies by Friday on Centre and Delhi government’s plea seeking separate execution.

The Supreme Court on Thursday also appointed advocate Anjana Prakash as amicus curiae for convict Pawan Gupta, who had earlier claimed that he didnot have a lawyer to assist him.

Pawan is the only one among the four convicts who has not yet filed a curative petition — the last legal remedy available to a person which is decided in-chamber. He also has the option of filing a mercy plea.

A Delhi court had on Wednesday expressed anguish over the death row convict and his father for their unwillingness to accept its suggestion to engage a counsel from the legal aid while being without any lawyer of their own.

The remarks by the judge had come when Pawan’s father told the court that he had removed his advocate and did not need the government lawyer.

The court directed District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) to provide Pawan’s father with a list of its empanelled advocates to chose from, which was followed, and the matter was listed for hearing today.

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Source – India Today