Delhi Court Pulls Up Nirbhaya Convicts' Lawyer Over "Last Hour Approach"

The convicts' lawyer AP Singh approached the trial court seeking a stay on their hanging on the grounds that they still have pending legal remedies.

Delhi Court Pulls Up Nirbhaya Convicts' Lawyer Over 'Last Hour Approach'

The judge sought a report from Tihar authorities, state government (Representational)

New Delhi:

A Delhi court on Wednesday came down heavily on the lawyer representing the death-row convicts in Nirbhaya rape case, asking him why he always approaches court at the last hour.

In another manoeuvre to delay the ensuing death sentence slated for Friday, the convicts, through their counsel AP Singh, once again knocked on the doors of the trial court seeking a stay on their hanging on the grounds that they still have pending legal remedies.

Additional Sessions Judge Dharmendra Rana, seeking a report from the Tihar Jail authorities and state government by 12am on Thursday, observed, "Why do you approach court at last hour?"

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Public Prosecutor Irfan Ahmed opposed the application on the grounds of its maintainibilty. "There is no legal remedy pending. There are just 36 hours left for their hanging."

Four convicts -- Vinay, Mukesh, Akshay, and Pawan are scheduled to be executed on March 20 at 5:30 am for brutally raping and murdering a 23-year-old physiotherapy student in Delhi on December 16, 2012.