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Delhi court says even Nirbhaya convicts entitled to legal aide

Feb 12, 2020 17:44 IST

A Delhi court on Wednesday offered a counsel to Pawan Gupta, one of the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case, saying a condemned convict is entitled to legal aide till his last breath. Additional Session Judge Dharmender Rana expressed displeasure over delay from Pawan's side who said he has removed his earlier lawyer and will need time to engage a new one. The District Legal Services Authority has now provided Pawan's father with a list of its empanelled advocates to chose from. Pawan has not yet filed a curative petition -- the last and final legal remedy available to a person which is decided in-chamber. He also has the option of filing a mercy plea.

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