AAP govt trying to save Nirbhaya convicts, alleges BJP

AAP govt trying to save Nirbhaya convicts, alleges BJP

BJP leader Manoj Tiwari at a press conference. Tribune photo

New Delhi, January 19

The BJP on Sunday accused Arvind Kejriwal-led government of “trying to save” the four death row convicts in the Nirbhaya gangrape case instead of ensuring justice to her family, as it trained guns at the AAP over “delay” in their hanging.

At a press conference at the party headquarters here, Delhi BJP chief Manoj Tiwari also condemned the suggestion made by senior lawyer Indira Jaising to pardon the Nirbhaya convicts, and questioned her links with the Arvind Kejriwal government.

Tiwari also referred to Jaising’s representations of the Kejriwal government in the past as he sought to put the AAP dispensation in the dock over her remarks.

The Tihar prison comes under the Delhi Government, and the convicts, who should have been informed about the 2017 verdict soon after, were informed two years later in 2019, Tiwari claimed.

“It shows that first the AAP-led government delayed the hanging and now trying to save the four convicts,” he alleged. And, then Manish Sisodia says police is delaying the proceedings, he said.

“No political party in the country has done something like this as the AAP in stalling the justice for which Nirbhaya’s family has been waiting for eight years,” Tiwari said.

A 23-year-old paramedic student, who came to be known as Nirbhaya (fearless), was gang-raped and brutally assaulted on the intervening night of December 16-17, 2012, in a moving bus in south Delhi by six persons, including the four death row convicts, before being thrown out on the road. She succumbed to her injuries a fortnight later at a hospital in Singapore. — PTI

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