Delhi court on January 10 dismissed the plea of an NGO to persuade Nirbhaya convicts to donate organs
New Delhi: A Delhi court on January 10 dismissed a petition by an NGO that asked permission to meet four convicts in the Nirbhaya rape case to convey them a message regarding organ donation.
The plea was filed almost two weeks before the four convicts are scheduled to be executed.
Additional sessions judge Satish Kumar Arora, while dismissing NGO's plea, stated, "I am on the view that applicant has no locus to meet the convicts whatever reason, therefore, jail authority cannot be directed for any compliance."
NGO RACO's founding member Rahul Sharma had requested the court to grant him permission to meet them and motivate them to donate their organs for social welfare.
The court, however, refused to pass any direction to the Tihar Jail authorities in the matter.
During the course of proceedings, public prosecutor Irfan Ahmad opposed the plea stating that it is "legally not sustainable".
"After issuance of the death warrant, only family members and lawyers can meet them in jail, no stranger can meet in jail and this NGO has no locus in the matter," Ahmad said.
The Patiala house court on January 7 pronounced its judgment in the Nirbhaya case. Additional sessions judge Satish Kumar Arora pronounced the verdict in front of the convicts. They will be hanged at 7am on January 22.
A 23-year-old was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, inside a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons before being thrown out on the street. She died on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. One of the six accused in the case, Ram Singh, allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail.
One of the convicts committed suicide and the other convict, a juvenile, has been let out. Four men - Pawan Gupta, Mukesh, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh -face the gallows after being held guilty of Nirbhaya's gang-rape, torture and killing.
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Last Updated Jan 10, 2020, 4:45 PM IST