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JGLS rape victim wins interim stay of sentence suspension of convicted fellow JGLS-ites, in SC

The three JGLS Sonepat students who were convicted for rape of a fellow student of the law school, will be sent back to custody as the Supreme Court yesterday stayed the suspension of their sentences that was granted to them by the Punjab & Haryana high court in September, as first reported by Live Law.

Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves appeared for the victim who had appealed against the high court's widely-criticised September 2017 order, through advocate-on-record Rohit Kumar Singh.

Supreme Court's justices SA Bobde and Mohan M Shantanagoudar passed the following order:

Permission to file the special leave petition is granted. Application for non-disclosure of petitioner's name and identifying details is allowed. Issue notice. Dasti, in addition, is permitted. Until further orders, there shall be stay of impugned judgment(s) and order(s) passed by the High Court.

Barely four months after the three JGLS students were convicted by a Haryana trial court for having raped, in collusion, a female student of their law school for over two years, the high court released them in an order that was worded to blame the victim and show compassion for the convicts especially since they were all young.

JGLS had condemned this ruling by justices Mahesh Grover and Raj Shekhar Attri of the high court.

Until their conviction in May 2017 the three had been jailed for between one year 11 months, and 2 years 5 months.

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