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SC dismisses rapist-murderer's plea

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | August 12, 2004 12:57 IST
Last Updated: August 12, 2004 14:22 IST

A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed a petition filed on behalf of Dhananjoy Chatterjee, who has been sentenced to death for raping and murdering a 14-year-old girl in Kolkata in 1990.

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Dismissing the petition filed by Chatterjee's brother, the SC bench said the plea did not have "any merit."

Chatterjee will be hanged in Alipore jail in Kolkata on Saturday at 0430 IST.

The court said its power to review a Presidential order rejecting a mercy plea of a convict is "very limited" and that too only if the petitioner points out that there was no application of mind to the facts of the case and/or that the decision was taken in a malafide manner.

The court said the petitioner had enumerated many facts but there was not even a whisper of evidence to show that the President had not applied his mind to all the relevant aspects of the case before dismissing the clemency plea.

Dhanonjoy was convicted and sentenced to death by an Alipore Court in West Begal on August 12, 1991.

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Number of User Comments: 41

Sub: Hanging

Better late than never!!!

Posted by prajakta

Sub: penalty death not in india

The court is not hanging 1 person,i feel they are crucifing his family to,if the court or the police can give justice 2 a girl,y ...

Posted by rizwan shaikh

Sub: Hang him......

Yes, the fellow should be hangged and there should be provision for live telecast. I do strongly belive that anyone having any sympathy on humanity ...

Posted by Tulshidaskhan

Sub: Hanging of Dhananjoy

Such brutal acts must have more rigorous punishment than simply hanging which is many times less painful than what that little girl should have suffered. ...

Posted by Subhash

Sub: Death Sentence : Is it appropraite?

By hanging Dhananjoy Chatterjee after 14 years of imprisonment -it only helps his cause. A more appropraite punishment would have been sentencing the man to ...

Posted by Shyamal Joshi


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