One of the four death row convicts in the sensational December 16 gang rape and murder has sought permission from Chief Justice of India TS Thakur to attend the hearing in the appeal against death penalty in Supreme Court, his counsel said on Friday.
Copies of the letters written by convict Akshay, lodged in Tihar Jail, were sent to President Pranab Mukherjee and SC judge Justice Dipak Misra.
In the letter, Akshay alleged that the trial court and the Delhi High Court did not give him a fair hearing by denying copies of the judgments and hearings in Hindi.
Justice Misra is heading the three-judge bench which is hearing his appeal. The four convicts have challenged the March 13, 2014, Delhi High Court verdict upholding the trial court’s death sentence to them.
The move comes almost three weeks after two convicts -- Pawan and Vinay -- wrote to the CJI demanding removal of two senior advocates appointed by the SC as amicus curiae in the case. The fourth convict is Mukesh.
A 23-year-old paramedic was gangraped by six people in a moving bus in south Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. She died in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.
The prime accused, Ram Singh, was found dead in a cell in Tihar Jail in March 2013.
On August 31, 2013, another accused, a juvenile at the time of the crime, was convicted and sentenced to three years in a reformation home. He was released from observation home in December last year.