Thursday, December 20, 2018

HC stays death sentence of serial killer Umesh Reddy (Karnataka)

Bengaluru | Thursday, Oct 20 2016 IST

Karnataka High Court today stayed execution of the death sentence awarded to serial killer and rapist Umesh Reddy. 

A Division Bench comprising Chief Justice S K Mukherjee and Justice Budihal, directed the Union and the State Governments to file their objections, if any on the petition filed by Mr Umesh Reddy,within 10 days. Umesh Reddy's Advocate Prof Ravikumar in his application had sought a stay on the death sentence stating that the delay to act on his mercy petition by the President for more than two years hadcreated mental agony to his client who was expecting decision in his favour.

A former Jawan of the CRPF and later the State Armed ReservePolice, Umesh had been accused of killing 18 women and raping 20 women across Karnataka, Maharasthra and Gujarat. He was, however,convicted in only nine cases, one of them being the rape and murder of Jayashree Subbaiah, a housewife in Peenya in 1998. He was,however, acquitted in 11 cases due to lack of evidence. On October 26, 2006, Judge K Sukanya of the Bangalore city Fast Track Court ordered multiple sentences, including a death sentence,a seven-year sentence, Rs 25,000 fine and a 10-year sentence plus Rs 25,000 fine.

Umesh Reddy
In November 1996, Umesh had attempted to rape a high school girl in Chitradurga. The girl managed to escape by hitting him with astone. A month later he raped and murdered 16-year-old Roopa in Chitradurga. In January, 1997, the girl he attempted to rape identified him at a Republic Day police parade and he was then arrested and dismissed from service. A court ordered that he be shifted to Ballari jail fromChitradurga. Umesh managed to escape from police custody while hewas being handed over to Ballari jail. After his escape, he killed an income tax officer's wife in Bengaluru, a girl in Ahmedabad, two girls in Vadodara, and a widow in Kunigal, Tumakuru district. Umesh managed to escape from police custody six times. After the trial, he was awarded the death sentence by a fast track court in Bengaluru in 2006. His appeals were dismissed by the High Court as well as Supreme Court.

Source: (Accessed 20 December 2018)

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