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SC commutes death penalty of man to life term for killing married sister, paramour

The bench noted both the appellants do not have any criminal antecedents and the case did not fell in the 'rarest of rare category'
shish Tripathi
Last Updated : 30 April 2023, 13:43 IST
Last Updated : 30 April 2023, 13:43 IST
Last Updated : 30 April 2023, 13:43 IST
Last Updated : 30 April 2023, 13:43 IST

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The Supreme Court has commuted death penalty of a man to life term in a case related to killing his married sister as well as her paramour in 2017, after noting that the case did not fell in the "rarest of rare category" as he had no criminal antecedent and did not act in brutal manner while committing the offence.

A bench of Justices B R Gavai, Vikram Nath and Sanjay Karol partly allowed the appeal filed by Digambar but upheld conviction under Section 302 of the IPC of the appellant and his friend co-accused Mohan.

The bench noted both the appellants do not have any criminal antecedents.

"The appellant-Digambar, who has been sentenced to capital punishment, was a young boy of about 25 years at the time of the incident. The medical evidence would further reveal that the appellants have not acted in a brutal manner, inasmuch as there is only single injury inflicted on both the deceased. As such, we find that the present case cannot be considered to be ‘rarest of rare’ case," the bench said.

The court also pointed out, the report of the Probation Officer, Nanded as well as the Superintendent, Nashik Road Central Prison showed that the appellant-Digambar has been found to be well-behaved, helping and a person with leadership qualities.

He is not a person with criminal mindset and criminal records, it noted.

"We are, therefore, of the considered view that the High Court as well as the Trial Court erred in holding that the present case would fall under the ‘rarest of rare’ case to award capital punishment to appellant-Digambar," the bench said.

The court, however, dismissed an appeal by co-accused Mohan with regard to conviction and sentence of life imprisonment.

According to the prosecution, Digambar's sister was married to some one else but she was in love with one Govind. On a day, she went missing from her matrimonial home.

The appellant searched for his missing sister Pooja and found her with her friend Govind on July 23, 2017.

Digamber, along with his friend Mohan, convinced the duo to accompany them.

He said he was ready to get them married since they were in love for the past five years. On way to home, Digambar stopped the motorcycle near a canal and tried to convince them that their relationship can't be solemnised as Pooja was already married with somebody else. As they were not ready to listen, he took out a sickle and killed both of them.

Immediately thereafter, the accused himself went to Bhokar police station in Nanded and confessed to committing the murders.

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Published 30 April 2023, 13:43 IST

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