New Delhi: Two convicts in the Nirbhaya case have written to Chief Justice of India TS Thakur and Justice Dipak Misra requesting them not to appoint Raju Ramachandran and Sanjay Hegde as amicus curiae.
The two convicts - Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma - doubt the neutrality of these lawyers, citing that they have taken position against them in TV debates they participated.
It is assumed that the lawyers appearing for the convicts will later file an application in this regard.
A special bench of the Supreme Court had, while hearing the plea of the death convicts in the Nirbhaya rape and murder case yesterday, decided to extend the working time by two hours to ensure speedy disposal of the case which has been pending in court for more than two years.
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. The case is pending in the apex court since March 2014 when it had stayed execution of their death sentence.
Ramachandran was also the amicus curiae in deciding the appeal of Ajmal Kasab in relation to his conviction in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks case and also appeared for 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon.
Six persons, including the juvenile, had assaulted and raped Nirbhaya in a moving bus in south Delhi on December 16, 2012.
The victim succumbed to her injuries in a Singapore hospital. Four of the accused were awarded death penalty by the trial court which was later confirmed by the Delhi High Court. Their appeals are pending before the Supreme Court. Another accused, Ram Singh, had allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail in 2013.