A special bench of Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh stayed the execution of the death sentence till March 31.

The Apex Court directed the registry to communicate its stay order forthwith. It also directed the registry to place the matter before Chief Justice P Sathasivam so that it can be listed before an appropriate bench.

"We stay the execution of the sentences of Pawan and Mukesh till March 31, 2014. We direct the registry to take this matter before the Chief Justice for registering before an appropriate bench. We direct the court registry to furnish a copy of this order to prison authorities forthwith," said Justice Desai.

Counsel ML Sharma appeared for petitioners Mukesh and Pawan Gupta.

On the night of December 16, 2012, Ram Singh, Vinay, Akshay, Pawan, Mukesh and a juvenile had gang-raped the girl in a bus after luring her and her 28-year-old male friend, who was also assaulted, on board the vehicle.
    
The girl succumbed to her injuries on December 29, 2012 in a Singapore hospital.
    
Ram Singh, who was the prime accused, was found dead in his cell in Tihar Jail in March last year and the proceedings against him were abated.
    
The sixth accused, the juvenile was on August 31, 2013 convicted and sentenced to a maximum of three years in a reformation home by the Juvenile Justice Board.

(JPN/Agencies) 

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