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Chhawla rape and murder case: Supreme Court bench of three judges will hear review petition

Supreme Court: The Supreme Court has agreed to constitute a three-judge bench to consider the review petition filed against the acquitted accused in the Chawla rape and murder case. A 19-year-old girl was murdered after rape in Chhawla area of ​​Delhi. Three people were sentenced to death in this case, but all three were acquitted by the Supreme Court, after which a review petition has been filed in the Supreme Court in the case. On Wednesday, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, on behalf of Delhi Police, raised the matter before a bench headed by Supreme Court Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and said that the review petition against the three convicts should be heard in the open court. All the three accused are criminals. One of the three has been arrested again in connection with the murder of an auto driver last month. Chief Justice Chandrachud said that he would constitute a three-judge bench of the Supreme Court, consisting of himself, along with Justices S. Ravindra Bhatt and Justices Bela M. Trivedi, and review petitions would be heard.

In the Supreme Court, the Solicitor General said that the review petition filed in the case should be heard in the open court. Then the Chief Justice said that after the formation of a three-judge bench, a three-judge bench would take a decision in this regard. A fresh application in the matter was filed on Wednesday by the Delhi Police. In this, the court was told that Vinod, one of the acquitted accused, has been arrested on murder charges. It is alleged that he tried to rob the auto driver and killed him when he protested. On 26 January 2023, the police of Dwarka North police station registered a case and arrested Vinod.

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The incident is of 9 February 2012. The news of a 19-year-old girl being abducted in a car and brutally raped and killed in Dwarka’s Chhawla area created a sensation. The trial court, hearing the case with speed, gave its verdict in 2014. The accused were convicted and sentenced to death, which was confirmed by the High Court in the same year. After this, the three accused filed an appeal against the sentence in the Supreme Court, which gave its verdict on November 7 this year. The Supreme Court of the country gave the benefit of doubt to all the three accused and acquitted them citing various flaws in the investigation of the case. After this decision, a review petition has been filed in the Supreme Court. A review petition has been filed in the Supreme Court on behalf of Delhi Police and Victim’s parents. The police had also got approval for this from Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor VK Saxena.

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