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Dhananjoy's brother makes last minute plea to SC
August 11, 2004 19:40 IST
Last Updated: August 12, 2004 19:24 IST
Vikas Chatterjee on Wednesday made a last-minute plea before the Supreme Court to stay the execution of his brother.
The West Bengal government scheduled the hanging of Dhananjoy Chatterjee, convicted of raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl in her Kolkata home, on August 14 after President A P J Abdul Kalam rejected his mercy plea.
Vikas Chatterjee's counsel Colin Gonsalves placed his plea before a bench headed by Justice N Santosh Hegde, which directed the matter be listed on Thursday before an appropriate bench.
The petitioner said the inordinate delay in the execution had had a big effect on Dhananjay and it should be a consideration for commuting the death sentence into life imprisonment.
The applicant also said his brother's conviction was based on circumstantial evidence.