SC dismisses PIL seeking guidance on organ donation for 4 sentenced to death in the case of Nirbhaya

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed the petition filed by a former judge of a higher court seeking instructions for the authorities here to give an option to four death row inmates in the case of rape and group murder of Nirbhaya to offer their bodies for medical research and donate organs

That address cannot be searched through PIL. If they (the convicts) want to do it, they can express such things on their own or through their relatives, said a bank made up of Judges R Banumathi and A S Bopanna.

When the petitioner's lawyer - Justice (Retired) Michael F Saldanna, former judge of the Bombay High Court - continued with the presentation, the bank said the request of a former judge was wrong.

Executing a person is the saddest part for the family. You (petitioner) want your body to be cut into pieces, the bank said, adding that it has a human focus.

Organ donation has to be voluntary, he also said.

The petitioner had asked the superior court to consider the convenience of doing so as a precondition in the case of all executions.

The four sentenced to death in the case of Nirbhaya are: Mukesh Kumar Singh (32), (25), Vinay Kumar Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar (31).

On December 16, 2012, a 23-year-old physiotherapy inmate, known as `` Nirbhaya '' (without fear), was raped in a group and wildly assaulted on a moving bus. She died after a fortnight.

Six people, including the four convicted and one youth , were named as defendants. , the sixth defendant allegedly committed suicide in Tihar jail days after the trial began in the case.

The youth was released in 2015 after spending three years in a correctional home.