New Delhi: South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius has filed an appeal against his murder conviction, citing discrimination by the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA).
According to reports, the 29-year-old's lawyer said the SCA ignored the double-amputee's vulnerability when it overturned a manslaughter conviction, declaring him guilty of murder for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2013.
In the petition, Pistorius' camp claimed that "the SCA unfairly discriminated against the applicant on the ground of his disability, vulnerability and anxiety, which is prohibited by section 9(4) of the Constitution."
Pistorius, popularly known as the "Blade Runner," was found guilty of murder last year after being convicted of killing his girlfriend and model Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day in 2013.
He is under house arrest while the Constitutional Court decides if it will hear the case. Sentencing is scheduled for April 18.
The 2012 London Paralympics 400-metre gold medallist faces a minimum of 15 years in jail for murder, unless he provided substantial and compelling reasons to deviate from this prescribed sentence.