Nirbhaya lawyer baffles Supreme Court with ‘bribery demand’ against parents when judges hear plea to withdraw death sentence
- “Scandalous” allegations heard at the hearing call for a review of the death penalty
- Lawyer ML Sharma, who represents Mukesh, accused the state and police of bribing the victim’s mother and father
- The comment caused a sharp reaction from both the judges and the parents
- On December 16, 2012, the victim and a companion were attacked by six men on board a moving bus in South Delhi
- Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay receive the death penalty for the attack
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Four days before the fifth anniversary of the brutal incident that sparked worldwide outcry, a lawyer for four convicts in the Nirbhaya case caused gang rape and murder controversy with bizarre comments to the Supreme Court.
At the hearing of the plea, seeking a review of the death penalty confirmed by the Supreme Court on May 5, lawyer Sharma, representing Mukesh, pleaded with the “state and police to bribe two witnesses (the mother and father of the victim) for the made-up and fabricated story of the prosecutor in the court in which the suspect is involved. ‘
The shocking comment immediately prompted a sharp reaction from Chief Justice Dipak Misra, who briefly told Sharma, “What is this? Stop. You cannot make such statements … and you cannot do that during the assessment phase. ‘
Lawyer ML Sharma, who represents Mukesh, accused the state and police of bribing the victim’s mother and father (photo), but the claims were dismissed in court
In a letter presented to the judges and verbally argued, Sharma mentioned the DDA flat in Dwarka to the victim’s parents and a fee of Rs 20 lakh by the prime minister as ‘bribes to the prosecution’s witness’ .
Speaking to Mail Today, the victim’s father, Badrinath Singh, was shocked at the “outrageous” comments. “It is unbelievable how a lawyer can make such insensitive comments. He’s trying to offend us, “said Singh.
At the hearing, Sharma was withdrawn because he repeated what was previously argued and made no plea for review by pointing out the mistakes in his earlier judgment confirming the death penalty.
The ‘scandalous’ allegations were heard at an SC hearing requesting a review of the death penalty
CJI told Sharma, “What are you arguing about? Make a plea for assessment. Tell us how our conclusion is incorrect. Prove that our analysis of DNA and dying statement was wrong, research was perverse, etc. You just repeat what you argued before. ‘
While upholding the death penalty given to Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay and Akshay by the Delhi Supreme Court, the SC bank had labeled the perpetrators ‘attitude as’ bestial tendencies ‘and said,’ It sounds like a story from another world where humanity is treated with disrespect. ‘
“If there was ever a case to hang, this was it,” the judges said.
Nirbhaya’s mother at a ceremony to commemorate the victim who died five years ago
“The cruel way in which the gang rape was committed in the moving bus; iron bars were inserted into the private parts of the victim; and the coldness with which both victims were thrown naked in the cold winter night of December shocks society’s collective conscience.
“The present case clearly falls into the ‘rarest of rare cases’ category, where the demand for another punishment ‘is undoubtedly excluded’,” she added.
On December 16, 2012, the victim and a companion were attacked by six men on board a moving bus in South Delhi. The woman, who was crushed with an iron rod and had her intestines removed, died in a Singapore hospital 13 days later.
One of the men, Ram Singh, was found in his cell in Tihar prison in Delhi in March 2013, while a convicted minor was released in December 2015.