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Nirbhaya convict moves HC questioning credibility of sole witness, calls him tutored

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Pawan Gupta, one of the four death-row convicts in the 2012 Delhi gangrape and murder case, moved Delhi High Court challenging the trial court order which dismissed his plea questioning the credibility of the sole witness, claiming that he was tutored and his statement wasn’t reliable.

The plea was filed through Gupta’s counsel AP Singh. The matter will be taken up Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Karkardooma court on Thursday at 2 pm.

The four convicts are to be hanged on March 20 at 5.30 am.

Yesterday, a Delhi court issued notice to Mandoli jail authorities in the national capital on Gupta’s another plea which sought an FIR against two cops who allegedly thrashed him and caused severe injury.

Last week, another convict, Mukesh Singh, appealed in the Supreme Court seeking restoration of all his legal remedies, alleging that his lawyers had misled him.

The plea moved through advocate ML Sharma, had asked for a CBI probe into alleged “criminal conspiracy” hatched by the Centre along with Delhi government and Vrinda Grover, who was amicus curiae in the case.

A 23-year-old physiotherapy intern, who came to be known as “Nirbhaya”, was gang-raped and savagely assaulted on the night of December 16, 2012, in a moving bus in South Delhi. She died of her injuries a fortnight later in a Singapore hospital.

Six people, including the four convicts, Ram Singh and a juvenile were named as accused.

The trial of the five men began in a special fast-track court in March 2013.

Ram Singh, the prime accused, allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in Tihar jail days after the trial began. The juvenile, who was said to be the most brutal of the attackers, was put in a correctional home for three years.

The juvenile was released in 2015 and sent to an undisclosed location amid concerns over a threat to his life. He, when released, was 20 years old.

The trial of the four adults began in a special fast-track court in March 2013 and they were sentenced to death in September 2013 by the trial court.

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