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India's Supreme Court on Monday upheld death sentences handed down to three men over the gang rape and murder of a woman in New Delhi in 2012, saying there were no grounds for a review.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan rejected the review pleas filed by Mukesh, Pawan and Vinay stating that no grounds have been made out by them for review of the verdict, reported PTI.

The bench also ruled that the three convicts were heard elaborately during the stage of their appeal against the Delhi High Court's judgement, and no case had been made out by them for review of the apex court's verdict upholding the death penalty.

"All the three dying declarations having been relied (on) by trial court, high court and this court and all arguments attacking the dying declarations having been considered and rejected, in its judgment dated May 5, 2017, we are of the view that the petitioner can not be allowed to re-agitate the same issues which were already considered and expressly rejected by this court", the bench, also comprising Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, said. Three out of the four convicts had filed review petitions with the SC against the death sentence.

Physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh, 23, was raped and left for dead by a gang of five men and a teenager on a bus in Saket, South Delhi, in December 2012. She died on December 29 in a Singapore hospital where she was flown to by the government. The minor was tried in juvenile court and remanded to shelter home for three years before he was released in December 2015.

They have now exhausted all their legal options but can still file a mercy petition before India's president.

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Men convicted of the 2012 Delhi bus attack (from left) Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh have had their death sentences upheld.

A panel entrusted with reviewing legislation boosted the jail terms to 20 years for rape despite rejecting public appeals for the death penalty.

One of the accused, Ram Singh, committed suicide during the trial. At the time, due to Indian laws that prohibit the naming of rape victims, sections of the media referred to Singh as "Nirbhaya", which means fearless, a nod to her determination to survive in the days after the incident.

The brutality of the crime had led to nationwide street protests and changes in laws regarding sexual violence against women.

More than 370 convicts were on death row as on December 2017, the last official count, down from 399 the previous year.


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