Supreme Court is set to hear the plea seeking stay on the release of the youngest convict of December 16, Gang Rape incident, who was tried as a juvenile. The petition was filed late Saturday night by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) after they got representations from few quarters raising apprehensions over his release. The convict is set to be released from the correction home jurisdiction by Sunday evening.
The Supreme Court though agreed to hold the hearing on Monday morning, kept away from issuing any directions over the convict’s impending release.
The petitioner DCW is now hoping that the concerned authorities may wait till Monday before releasing the convict as the matter is sub-judice before the highest court of the land.
Meanwhile on Saturday, the youngest convict was moved out of Delhi even as distraught parents of the victim were detained today after they held a protest against allowing him to walk free.
The convict, who is now 20 years old and was known to be the most brutal of the attackers, has been taken to an undisclosed location from a correction home in North Delhi amid concerns that there was threat to his life. According to the informed sources, he has been kept under observation of an NGO under protection of Delhi Police.
On Friday, the Delhi High Court had declined the petition seeking stay on the release of the convict who was tried as a juvenile person.
“…having regard to the fact that the maximum stay that can be directed in the Special Home under Section 15(1) of the Act is three years and that the respondent No.1 would be completing the period of three years by 20.12.2015, there cannot be any direction to continue his stay in the Special Home beyond 20.12.2015. Hence, we decline to issue any direction as prayed by the petitioner,” the High Court order read.
Post his release, due on Sunday, the convict is likely to walk free from the undisclosed location in adherence to the existing legal provision, the sources added.
On its part, the Delhi government has said it had submitted a rehabilitation plan for the 20-year-old convict. According to the state government, a one-time financial grant of Rs 10,000 will be given to the youth and a sewing machine will be arranged for him so that he can rent a tailor shop.
The convict along with five others had gang raped and murdered the 23-year-old paramedical student in a moving bus on December 16, 2012, an incident that shook the nation and led to protests in the country.
He was sentenced to three years in a reform home in north Delhi by the Juvenile Justice Board.
(With inputs from the PTI)