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Calcutta HC rejects PIL to stay Dhananjoy's execution

August 13, 2004 14:49 IST
Last Updated: August 14, 2004 13:24 IST

The Calcutta High Court today dismissed a public interest litigation seeking a stay on the execution of Dhananjoy Chatterjee, convicted of the rape and murder of 14-year-old Hetal Parekh in 1990.

The petition, filed by advocate Sridhar Bagari, was dismissed by a Division Bench comprising acting Chief Justice A N Ray and Justice A K Mitra.

With the dismissal of the PIL, all avenues seem closed for Dhananjoy who has been sentenced to death by hanging. His sentence is scheduled to be executed at 4.30 am tomorrow morning at Alipur Central Jail.

In his 17-page petition, Bagri argued that the death penalty should be abolished specially for economically, educationally and politically backward persons as they cannot afford to effectively fight the might of the state.

The petitioner sought an interim order restraining the state from carrying out the death penalty against anybody, including Dhananjoy Chatterjee, till his petition was disposed off.

Yesterday, a five member Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court rejected the petition filed by Dhananjoy's brother, Bikash, requesting a scrutiny of the President's order rejecting Dhanonjoy's mercy plea and seeking a stay on the execution of the death sentence.

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Sub: Dhananjoy's execution

Supreme court decision in this case is realy a landmark and deterrent to crimanals committing crime against women. Right now we should be thinking of ...

Posted by Justice

Sub: Who gains?

A person who is counting his hours of death, media persons hovering around the murdered girls house who want to grieve silently, the father who ...

Posted by Amit Acharya

Sub: Dhananjoy's cas

A person did a sexual crime at the age of 25 and execution has been happened at the age of 40. The person has been ...

Posted by A. Ray

Sub: Who is being punished?

Capital Punishment for whom? Dhananjoy killed Hetal Parekh in a heinous act!! He surely should be punished to the extreme. The fact is he has ...

Posted by Mitushi Banerjee

Sub: A free man atlast.........!!!!

i just read about the heinous crime committed by a heartless human being.......i feel by sending him to the gallows we are technically freeing him ...

Posted by prerna


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