TNN | Nov 25, 2014, 11.01PM IST
The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday extended the stay on execution of death sentence of Nithari killings convict Surendra Koli till December 1. Hearing a PIL filed by People's Union of Democratic Rights (PUDR), a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud and Justice Pradeep Kumar Singh Baghel, directed to list the PIL on December 1 for next hearing.
The state government had filed counter-affidavit before the court on Tuesday. However, the Central government sought more time for filing its reply (counter affidavit). On October 31, the court had summoned records related to mercy petitions before the court.
During the course of hearing on Tuesday, additional solicitor general Ashok Mehta appeared on behalf of the Central government while government advocate Akhilesh Singh appeared on behalf of the state government. In the PIL, the petitioner had challenged orders of the President and UP Governor rejecting mercy petitions of Surendra Koli on the ground of excessive delay in decision.
Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/allahabad/Stay-on-Kolis-death-order-extended/articleshow/45276213.cms [last accessed 06.02.2015]