Chhawla rape file: Delhi LG authorizes the submission of a review petition challenging the defendant’s SC acquittal

Chhawla rape file: Delhi LG authorizes the submission of a review petition challenging the defendant’s SC acquittal

According to sources in the LG secretariat, Delhi’s Lt . gov. VK Saxena has given his approval for the filing of a petition for review in the Supreme Council challenging the three defendants’ acquittal in the Chhawla murder and rape case. This occurred days after Delhi LG VK Saxena met with the father of the 2012 Chhawla gangrape girl and asked him to prepare a review.

The case concerns the alleged February 9, 2012, kidnapping, gang-rape, as well as murder of a 19-year-old female from Uttarakhand’s Pauri by 3 men in the Chhawla neighbourhood of Dwarka in the capital. The Delhi High Court’s decision to condemn the three defendants to life in prison in the aforementioned case was overturned by the Supreme Court on November 7, clearing the three of all charges. The appointment of Additional Solicitor General Aishwariya Bhati and Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to defend the Government in the matter before the Supreme Court has also been authorised by LG Saxena. The parents of the murdered teenage girl requested police protection after two of the 3 accused were released from Rohini Jail out of fear.

The suspects were detained on February 13, 2012, as well as on May 26, 2012, the court of sessions posed charges against three suspects, namely Rahul, Ravi Kumar, as well as Vinod alias Chhotu. The police had filed a charge sheet following their investigation. Following the jury trial in the case, the jury of sessions found all three of them guilty and sentenced them to death on February 13, 2014. They later entered a plea, which was subsequently rejected. The three defendants subsequently appealed the HC’s decision to the Supreme Court, which in its decision on November 7 granted the appeals and set aside the conviction and sentence decisions made by the Trial Court as well as High Court.

The 19-year-old was kidnapped from Qutub Vihar and lived in Chhawla, Delhi. The girl endured the worst atrocities before being cruelly killed. The trial court had earlier this year found the defendants guilty and had sentenced them to death. The Delhi High Court supported the ruling as well, describing the situation as the “rarest of all rare occurrences.”

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