29 September, 2020

Nirbhaya Rape And Murder Case: 'Still Have A Lot To Raise, Will Defend Convicts For As Long As I Can'

A.P. Singh, a lawyer for death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya case, is in the eye of a storm for using the law and delaying their hanging

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Nirbhaya Rape And Murder Case: 'Still Have A Lot To Raise, Will Defend Convicts For As Long As I Can'
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2020-03-05T14:18:53+05:30

A.P. Singh, a lawyer for death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang-rape and murder case, is in the eye of a storm for using legal provisions to delay their hanging. Singh tells Jeevan Prakash Sharma that he is only helping the poor get their legal rights guaranteed in the Constitution.

Now that the fourth and last convict Pawan Gupta has filed his mercy petition, there is no remedy available to anyone to delay hanging. What will you do now?

Who says there is no legal option available to them? I still have a lot of issues to raise before the court, which I will keep doing at the right time. My next move is to file a curative petition against the Supreme Court order dismissing Pawan’s review petition regarding his juvenility. I will try to save them from the gallows for as long as I can.

Why do you want to save them knowing they have committed a heinous crime?

I will listen to my conscience, which says that they are innocent. I know they are ­innocent. As their...

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