December 16 gangrape case: Two convicts file appeal in HC

GangrapeTrial court had last month awarded death penalty to all four accused in the case.

Two of the four convicts facing death for the December 16 gangrape of a paramedical student on Monday filed their appeals before Delhi High Court challenging the trial court's conviction and sentence against them.

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Filing a joint appeal through counsel AP Singh, convicts Vinay Sharma (20) and Akshay Thakur (28) sought the trial court's conviction and sentencing orders on September 10 and 13, respectively, to be set aside.

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The trial court had last month awarded the death penalty to the above duo along with Mukesh (26) and Pawan Gupta (19) for raping the 23-year-old victim on a moving bus in south Delhi on the night of December 16, 2012.

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"The trial court's conviction and sentence orders are bad in law. The trial judge did not pay any heed to the facts of the case and applied the law contrary to the facts," the counsel said.

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Claiming that Vinay was 17-years-old and should be tried under the Juvenile Justice Act, the appeal said, "The Investigating Officer (IO) in the case should be directed to bring record of date of birth of appellant 1 (Vinay) from his native village and conduct the ossification test of the appellant."

Seeking modification in the trial court order along with acquittal of the convict, the appeal said, "Vinay was a juvenile as his age was 17 years and eight months... The court had turned down his plea for ossification test. He is pursuing his BA 2nd year from jail. The appellant is also a gym trainer and was financially supporting his family."

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