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Nirbhaya Rape Case Verdict LIVE: Will Rapists be Spared the Noose?

Nirbhaya case verdict updates: The Supreme Court is scheduled to pronounce its verdict today on the review pleas of three out of four convicts against death penalty in the ‘Nirbhaya’ gang-rape and murder case. A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan is expected to deliver its judgment on the pleas of Mukesh (29), Pawan Gupta (22) and Vinay Sharma (23). The four death row convict, Akshay Kumar Singh (31), has not filed a review petition against the apex court’s May 5, 2017 judgment. In the 2017 verdict, the Supreme Court had upheld the capital punishment awarded to the rapists by the Delhi High Court and the trial court. The 23-year-old paramedic student was gang-raped on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012 inside a running bus in south Delhi by six persons and severely assaulted before being thrown out on the road. She succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore. One of the accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail. A minor was convicted by the Juvenile Justice Board. He was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.