The Supreme court on Wednesday, rejected the plea to review death penalty of Akshay Kumar Singh who was convicted in the 2012 Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case.
The plea was dismissed by a Bench headed by Justice R Banumathi and comprising Justices Ashok Bhushan and AS Bopanna, which took up the matter this morning after CJI SA Bobde recused himself from hearing the matter yesterday.
Akshay had moved the top court seeking clemency on the ground that the “rising pollution” has already increased the mortality rates.
Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi said she is very happy with the Supreme Court’s order. The apex court said whatever time is prescribed under law, convict can avail remedy of filing mercy plea within it.