A Supreme Court bench on Monday rejected the review petitions of three convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape inside a moving bus in Delhi in 2012. The convicts, who were sentenced to death, had appealed for a relook into their case on the ground that they were not properly represented by lawyers during the trial and vital pieces of evidence in their favour was not brought before the court. However, the bench said convicts cannot reargue their entire case in the guise of a review petition.
Here is a timeline of how the case unfolded
Dec 16, 2012: A paramedical student out with her male friend was gang-raped and brutally assaulted by six men in a private bus and thrown out of the moving bus on the streets.
Dec 17: Police identify the accused - bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and a juvenile.
Dec 18: Police arrest the accused.
Dec 21: Juvenile nabbed from Anand Vihar bus terminal in Delhi.
Dec 22: Sixth accused Akshay Thakur arrested in Bihar.
Dec 29: Victim succumbs to her injuries at a Singapore hospital.
Jan 3, 2013: Police files charge-sheet against the five accused.
Feb 28: Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) frames rape, murder charges against the juvenile accused.
Mar 11: Main accused Ram Singh commits suicide in Tihar jail.
Aug 31: JJB finds the juvenile accused guilty of rape and murder, sentences him to three years in a special home.
Sept 13: Four remaining accused sentenced to death by Additional Sessions Judge.
Mar 13, 2014: Delhi HC upholds the trial court verdict.
Apr 3, 2016: Hearings begin in SC.
May 5: SC upholds death penalty of Akshay, Vinay, Pawan and Mukesh.
Aug 29: Drama in the courtas the allegation of the police tampering with evidence is made.
Feb 3, 2017: SC decides to rehear the case on the sentencing aspect after the petitioners contend that there are violations in the procedure.
Mar 27: SC reserves verdict after nearly a year of hearing the case.
May 5: SC rejects the plea by four convicts challenging death penalty.
Nov 13: The convicts appeal to the apex court to review the sentence.
May 4, 2018: SC upholds the order on the plea of three convicts seeking a review of its 2017 verdict upholding the death penalty.
July 9: SC dismisses review petitions of three convicts. Fourth convict Akhsay had not filed a review petition.