Delhi Rape Case: Supreme Court to consider hearing Review petition in open court

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Today, the Delhi police’s petition was mentioned before the bench of the Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice of India DY ChandrachudJustice JB Pardiwala, and PS Narasimha seeking a review of SC’s acquittal in Rahul Ravi Kumar Vinod @ Chhotu vs. State of Delhi Ministry of Home Affairs & Anr. case. The top Court acquitted the three convicts accused of gang rape and murder of a girl in the Chhawla area of Delhi in 2012. During the hearing, the brutality of the crime was highlighted by Solicitor General Tusshar Mehta. He stated that “A girl was raped, mutilated, killed. There were objects inserted in private parts. Death penalty was awarded by the Delhi High Court and trial Court. This Court acquitted them. We sought a review. After review, one of the accused slit throat of someone else. They’re hardened criminals. We request an open court hearing.” To this, the CJI said that “Alright, we’ll constitute a bench. I will constitute one with me, Justices Ravindra Bhat, and Bela Trivedi. We’ll consider the open court request, I’ll talk to my fellow judges.” 

In November 2022, an order was passed by the Supreme Court to acquit three men (Rahul, Ravi, and Vinod) accused in the 2012 Chhawla gang rape case. SC set aside the orders delivered by the trial and Delhi High Court, who were sentenced to death. The top Court bench added that “Every case has to be decided by the Courts strictly on merits and in accordance with the law without being influenced by any kind of outside or moral pressures.” 

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