HC Strived In 2013 To Make Delhi A Safer Place For Women

The high court, which took a bold step by throwing open the gangrape trial for national and international media, of course with certain restrictions, is now hearing on day-to-day basis the references and the appeals of four convicts-- Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh.

They have been awarded death penalty by the lower court.

The court, which consistently took a stern view of sexual assaults cases, however, said the rape provisions are often being misused by women as "weapon for vengeance and vendetta" to harass and blackmail their male friends for either extorting money or to force them to marry.

The furore over appointment of former Defence Secretary Shashi Kant Sharma as Comptroller and Auditor General of India on the grounds of conflict of interest reached it after the apex court declined to entertain the plea of former Chief Election Commissioner N Gopalaswami and others.

Seeking guidelines for such appointments, the PIL sought quashing of Sharma's posting as CAG, alleging he was a joint secretary in the ministry during 2003-07 and the director general of acquisitions in 2010 before becoming the Defence Secretary in July 2011.

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Source: PTI