Nirbhaya case: CJI Bobde recuses from hearing convict’s plea seeking review of death penalty

Chief Justice of India S A Bobde today recused himself from hearing the plea of convict Akshay Kumar Singh in the Nirbhaya gang rape-and-murder case seeking review of the 2017 Supreme Court judgment upholding his death penalty.

At the outset, a special bench comprising the CJI and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan made it clear that the review plea has to be heard by another appropriate bench.

Giving the reason for his recusal, the CJI said one of his relatives had earlier appeared on behalf of the victim’s mother in the case and observed that it would be appropriate that some other bench hears the review plea at 10:30 am tomorrow.

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