Thursday, March 14, 2013

High Court commutes death penalty to life term

Express News Service - KOCHI 07th March 2013 : The Kerala High Court on Wednesday set aside the capital punishment awarded to a carpenter who killed his wife. A Division Bench comprising Justice K T Sankaran and Justice M L Joseph Francis passed the order while considering the petition filed by Ramachandran, of Malappuram, seeking a review of the death punishment awarded by the Manjeri Additional Sessions Court. The Bench awarded life imprisonment to the accused. It is held that life imprisonment is a rule and death sentence is an exception. The court observed that there is nothing on record to show that he has a criminal background. The accused is not dangerous to society. “His act was heinous. But it will not come under the ‘rarest of rare cases’. So the accused does not need to be eliminated from society,” the Bench observed. Courtesy :

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