Nirbhaya gang rape: SC appoints senior advocates to defend convicts

, 5:27 PM IST

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Friday ordered senior advocates Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde to defend adult convicts in the gruesome Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case.

The decision was taken by a three-judge bench comprising of Justices Dipak Misra, V Gopala Gowda and Kurian Joseph.

The apex court said that it was not satisfied by the quality of defence lawyer in the Nirbhaya case.

Raju Ramachandran will appear for death convicts Mukesh and Pawan while Sanjay Hegde would defend Vinay and Akshay.

The apex court will hear the matter next on July 18.

The Delhi High Court and a trial court had earlier awarded death sentence to them. (ANI)