#JudgmentReserved: A delayed judgment & a nuanced twist to the Nirbhaya verdict

The Supreme Court bench of Justices Dipak Misra, Rohinton Fali Nariman, and Uday Umesh Lalit delivered the verdict (authored by Justice Lalit) in Vasanta Sampat Dupare v State of Maharashtra, on May 3. It was reserved on October 5, 2016.

The inordinate delay of seven months in delivering the judgment in this case, however, was not noticed because of its timing: It was followed within . . .