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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Confirmation case of two women in Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court is in the midst of hearing the Confirmation case of Deepti Devasthali and Leena Devasthali the daughter and mother respectively who have been convicted by the sessions court for murdering a doctor.

The daughter and mother are presently being represented by amicus curae Ms. Rohini Salian who was appointed by the court after the Appellants had disputes with their earlier counsels.

The matter was heard by the bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice Kumbhakoni initially in 2008 and remanded back to the sessions court for taking further evidence.

The case has come back to the high court after the additional evidence has been recorded and now its being heard before the bench of Justice J.N. Patel and Justice Mridula Bhatkar. The case no is confirmation case no. 1 of 2008. All the orders can be seen on the high court website on the page of the case. The order of Justice Nazki and Justice Kumbhakoni is attached in the link below.

This is the second case in recent years where 2 women are facing death penalty. Earlier the High Court and the Supreme Court have confirmed the death sentence of Gavit sisters fro Kolhapur, Maharashtra.

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