Chhawala murder case: Supreme Court to hear Delhi police's plea to review acquittal of convicts

Chhawala murder case: Supreme Court to hear Delhi police's plea to review acquittal of convicts

The case is being reopened after one of the accused was recently arrested again for killing an autorickshaw driver in Delhi.

FPJ Web DeskUpdated: Wednesday, February 08, 2023, 11:58 AM IST
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The Supreme Court will hear Delhi police's plea which sought review of the top court verdict acquitting three death row convicts of gang rape and murder of a 19-year-old in Delhi's Chhawla area in 2012, said Chief Justice of India, DY Chandrachud.

The CJI, on Wednesday, said that the bench of judges including him, Justices Ravindra Bhat and Bela Trivedi will preside on the hearing and that they will consider the open court hearing request made by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta urged the court list this matter for an urgent hearing. He told the court that an 18-year-old was kidnapped, gang raped, murdered and mutilated.

The trial court and High Court gave the death penalty but the Supreme Court gave acquittal. Now one of the accused has slit throat of an auto driver after being released in November, 2022, Tushar Mehta said.

One of the accused held for murdering autorickshaw

The case is being reopened after one of the accused was recently arrested again for killing an autorickshaw driver in Delhi.

Reportedly, one of the accused, Vinod, who was acquitted in November 2022, was held last week for stabbing to death a 44-year-old rickshaw driver named Anar Singh in a robbery bid.

Review petition on accused's acquittal

The three caused of Chhawla case--Rahul, Ravi Kumar and Vinod--were acquitted by the Supreme Court on November 7 due to lack of evidence and glaring lapses in the trial.

Following that, Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena approved filing of a review petition in the top court challenging its decision to acquit the three men which was accepted today.

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