BENGALURU: The Karnataka high court on Wednesday commuted the death penalty of 7 members of the banned Deendar Channabasaveshwara Anjuman sect in connection with the 2000 serial church blasts. But the conviction of all 22 accused in the case has been upheld.
"The evidence on record clearly establishes that each of the accused is party to the conspiracy. They wanted to see how Hindus and Christians fight among themselves, so that peace in the society is destroyed. They printed pamphlets and circulated them, with the hope that Christians and Hindus would lock horns. In a country which believes in peaceful co-existence of all religions, the action of these is unpardonable," the bench said.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Death-for-seven-commuted/articleshow/45556579.cms [last accessed 06.02.2015]