Nonagenarian challenges life term before SC

Rohtas, a resident of Baghpat, contended that he is suffering from ailments due to which he is unable to move the right portion of his body.

A 93-year-old man on Friday approached the Supreme Court challenging the life sentence awarded to him by the Allahabad High Court in a murder case of 1978.

Rohtas, a resident of Baghpat, contended that he is suffering from ailments due to which he is unable to move the right portion of his body.

He cited medical reports purportedly showing a blockage in his brain due to which he could go into coma or paralysis in the whole body.

Advocates Yadunandan Bansal and Amit Kumar mentioned the plea before a vacation bench of Justices U U Lalit and Deepak Gupta for urgent hearing.

The court, however, suggested the counsel to mention the matter before the next bench in the coming weeks.

In its February 12 verdict, the high court had dismissed the appeal filed by Rohtas and two others who were convicted and awarded life term by a trial court in 1983.

The petitioner is a 93-year-old senior citizen whose half body is paralytic and as per medical prescription needs day to day care and attention otherwise he may lose his life.

Rohtas is innocent and there is no criminal case against him except the present one, there is no criminal antecedent, he is not a habitual offender and there is no possibility to influence any witness by the petitioner if he is enlarged on bail, his plea stated.

A scuffle took place on September 29, 1978, over harvesting of crop from a piece of land in which some persons were injured. One person, Shriram, had sccumbed to his injuries.

The petitioner contended that the high court has erred in not considering several facts in the case, including that one of the accused Sukhpal was also grievously injured in the incident.

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