Friday, February 6, 2015

Cops seek death for Phoolan killer, sentence tomorrow

Sana Shakil, TNN | Aug 13, 2014, 06.07AM IST NEW DELHI: The city police on Tuesday sought death penalty for Sher Singh Rana who has been convicted of killing bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi, while the defence pleaded for a lenient view citing his young age. Additional sessions judge Bharat Parashar fixed Thursday for pronouncing the quantum of sentence. Asserting that the convict deserved no leniency for the "heinous crime", the prosecution submitted that Rana had committed the murder in a preplanned and meticulous manner. "It is an offence of murder which was committed in a preplanned manner and was meticulously executed by him (Rana). Keeping in view the impact on the society , I request the court to award death penalty ," the prosecution said. Rana's counsel Mukesh Kalia, however, opposed the contentions of the prosecution saying that police has miserably failed to prove the motive behind the murder. Seeking maximum punishment for Rana, prosecution termed him as a threat to society and cited Rana's criminal antecedents saying he was involved in four other criminal cases. Kalia countered the claims saying Rana had no criminal back ground as he has been acquitted in those "false" cases and even the eyewitnesses in the case have been disbelieved by the court. Faced with death sentence or life-term, Rana, the lone convict in the murder case, himself also pleaded for leniency. After conclusion of the arguments, Rana sought the court's permission to make his submissions and said that that his image has been tarnished by police by lodging "false cases" against him. Rana said that before 2001, he was never arrested and only a case under the Excise Act was lodged against him but he was acquitted in that case. During the hearing, some supporters of Rana were present inside the courtroom. As soon as Rana was escorted back from the court, the supporters gathered outside the gate of the courtroom and shouted slogans. Source: [last accessed 06.02.2015]

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