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Dhananjay's brother approaches SC

August 11, 2004 11:29 IST

Dhananjay Chatterjee's brother on Wednesday made a last minute prayer before the Supreme Court to stay his execution.

Dhananjay is scheduled to be hanged on August 14 for raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl in Kolkata in 1990.

Vikas Chatterjee's counsel Colin Gonsalges filed an application before a bench headed by Justice N Santosh Hegde, which directed the matter be listed on Thursday before an appropriate bench.

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The petitioner said the inordinate delay in the execution had had a big effect on Dhananjay and that punishment itself should be a consideration for commuting the death sentence into life imprisonment.

The applicant said his brother's conviction was based on circumstantial evidence.

Chatterjee has been lodged at West Bengal's Alipur jail for nearly 14 years since his arrest a few months after the rape and murder of Hetal Parekh at her residence in Bhowanipur area of Kolkata.

Chatterjee was scheduled to be hanged on June 25.

The hanging was, however, put off after his family moved a petition in the Supreme Court and also filed a mercy plea with President A P J Abdul Kalam.

The President rejected the plea on August 4 and six days later, the date of execution was fixed at a meeting at the office of Jail Minister Biswanath Choudhury.

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Sub: Mighty rule the law?

The cruel claws of law are extremely prompt to offer the severest punishments to the accused persons of crimes from the downtrodden and most vulnerable ...

Posted by B.Gautam

Sub: Hanging - punishment

I do not understand that it takes these many years for pronouncement of judgement for a convict. Nearly 14 years and it is quite a ...

Posted by Joe Paulson

Sub: What drama ..

I fail to understand what drama is going on in the dhananjay case. As far as I know, West Bengal State Governor, High court and ...

Posted by Tushar


Dhananjoy should be hanged. I hope the SC dismisses his brother's petition. Dhananjoy may have sufferred, but what about Hetal's family? Haven't they sufferred all ...

Posted by Asha

Sub: Sentencing..

Hopefully the prosecutors have prosecuted the correct person who raped and killed the 14 year girl. Such acts of crime deserve the ultimate punishment, it ...

Posted by Krishnan



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