Supreme Court rejects Nirbhaya convict Akshay Kumar Singh's review plea

Supreme Court rejects Nirbhaya convict Akshay Kumar Singh's review plea

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected Nirbhaya convict Akshay Kumar Singh's review plea, saying it did not find any grounds to review the issue.

Singh made the absurd argument that air and water pollution in Delhi somehow made the death penalty pointless.

He and five others gangraped a young woman student, known now as Nirbhaya, or "fearless", in a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012, leaving her with horrific injuries that would prove fatal.

It was display of such perverse brutality that furious protesters poured into the streets to demand justice.

"There are some crimes for which the humanity cries," Solicitor General Tushar Mehta said today in court.

"On that fateful day, God...must have held His head in shame for two reasons. First, for not being able to save the innocent girl, and second, for have created these five monsters."

"Please reject review as early as possible so that law can take its own course immediately," he said.

The convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape case, he said, were making concerted efforts to delay the "inevitable".

Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde recused himself from the hearing on Tuesday after learning that his nephew, a lawyer, had appeared on behalf of Nirbhaya's mother in a related case.

Four of Nirbhaya's rapists, including Akshay Kumar Singh, are on death row.

Another killed killed himself in jail and the sixth, a juvenile, was released from a reformation home after serving a three-year term.