Hearing in Delhi gang rape verdict Oct 1

New Delhi, Sep 25 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Wednesday deferred till Oct 1 the hearing on the death sentence awarded to four men for gang-raping and murdering a young woman here Dec 16.

A division bench of Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice Pratibha Rani referred the hearing while directing police to supply the necessary documents to the convicts.

Counsel for the convicts submitted to the court that they did not have the documents.

On Sep 24, the bench fixed the hearing on a day-to-day basis.

Special Public Prosecutor Dayan Krishnan agreed to supply the complete set of documents within two days.

The court also asked the Registry of High Court to furnish a translation of the victim's dying declaration in English and relevant statements of witnesses.

The trial court Sep 13 awarded death sentence to Mukesh (26), Akshay Thakur (28), Pawan Gupta (19) and Vinay Sharma (20) and referred the case to the high court for confirmation of the sentence.

On Dec 16, 2012, a 23-year-old woman was brutally gang-raped in a bus by six people, including a juvenile. She died of her grave intestinal injuries Dec 29.

Of the six accused, the juvenile has been sent to a remand home for three years, the maximum sentence permissible under the law. One accused was found dead in Delhi's Tihar Jail.


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