• Nirbhaya convicts move HC in robbery case

    January 21, 2017

    Three of the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case moved Delhi HC challenging the 10 year jail term awarded to them by the trial court in a robbery case which happened the same night.

    The trial court had convicted them for robbery, kidnapping, wrongfully confining a person, voluntarily causing hurt in committing or attempting to commit robbery, dishonestly receiving stolen property knowing it was obtained by robbery and common intention under the Indian Penal Code.

    The court while awarding the sentence also stated that "they do not deserve any leniency". The trial court had also imposed a fine of 1.01 lakh each on the four convicts, who are currently lodged in Tihar jail.

    All three accused alleged that the trial court's order was "bad in law" and against the "principle of natural justice". All four were sentenced to death in
    the gang rape case by a trial court, which was confirmed by the Delhi HC. The matter is now pending in the SC.


    We stand by the decision of the trial court and hope the SC does not lower the quantum of punishment. India's legal system is reformative and not punitive in nature, which discourages death penalty as a punishment. However, the act of granting clemency in this case would only bolster their confidence and it is time we set an example with this case so that such heinous crimes can be put an end to.

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