The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence on all four convicts in the December 2012 Delhi gang-rape. Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Thakur were convicted on charges of brutally raping and assaulting a 23-year-old paramedical student inside a bus that led to her death.
The Delhi High Court earlier upheld their conviction and death sentence.
The matter was heard by the apex court bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra and consisting of Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan.
“It is a barbaric incident,” the bench said in its order.
Justice Bhanumati said that there should be the systematic education of children to ensure how they will give respect to women.
Here is a timeline of crucial developments in the case so far
March 6, 2017: All the accused submit additional affidavits in the Court.
November 28, 2016: Senior Advocate and Amicus Curiae Sanjay Hegde argues against reliability of evidence in the case.
November 7, 2016: Senior Advocate and Amicus Curiae Raju Ramachandran makes his submissions, argues for the sentencing order to be set aside.
September 2, 2016: Advocate M. L. Sharma concludes his submissions.
August 29, 2016: High drama in the courtroom as allegation of the police tampering with evidence is made.
April 8, 2016: Senior Advocates Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde appointed Amicus Curiae.
April 3, 2016: Hearings begin in the Supreme Court, after 19 months of being in cold storage. Justices Dipak Misra, V. Gopala Gowda and Kurian Joseph to hear the case.
December 18, 2015: Delhi High Court refuses to stay release of the minor-accused, who walks free after three years in a juvenile home.
March 13, 2014: Delhi High Court Bench of Justices Reva Khetrapal and Pratibha Rani upholds the trial Court verdict.
September 13, 2013: Four remaining accused sentenced to death by Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna.
March 11, 2013: Main accused Ram Singh commits suicide in Tihar jail.
The girl succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.
The convicts – Akshay, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh – challenged the Delhi High Court order which had sentenced them to the gallows.