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Prez will decide rapist-murderer's fate

June 25, 2004 15:40 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday refused to entertain a petition challenging an order of the West Bengal governor rejecting the mercy petition of Dhanajoy Chatterjee, sentenced to death for rape and murder of a school girl in Kolkata in 1990.

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"In view of the fact that the President of India is seized of the matter under Article 72 of the Constitution, we close the matter at this stage," a vacation bench of Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P V Reddisaid.

The order came after West Bengal's standing counselTarachandra Sharma told the court that the state government has received a communication from the Union Home Ministry that the President is considering the mercy petition filed by the convict's family and others. The execution scheduled for Friday morning has already been stayed.

The petitioner's counsel Colin Gonsalves cited a ruling of the apex court in a similar case and urged the court to either keep the petition alive or at least give liberty to the petitioner, Bikash Chatterjee, the convict's brother, to agitate the issue at a later stage, if necessary.

The court, however, closed the matter.

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Number of User Comments: 10

Sub: use less fuss

he should & all other convicted of raping minors should be hanged

Posted by Vinay

Sub: tHe cOLor of Politics

The case closed in 1990, he was given a death scentence in 1990, and now its 2004. He was to be hanged two days ago, ...

Posted by Rajiv

Sub: Liberalism at its worst

How can an inhuman character like Dhananjoy deserve any rights - least of all Human Rights. It is sad to see that the so-called liberals ...

Posted by ris

Sub: hetal's rape case

rape is the unpardenable crime. i think even death sentence is not sufficient for such a crime. the penalty should be such that the criminal ...

Posted by Ravi yadav

Sub: editorial point

Every rediff headline describes him as 'rapist-murderer'. Dhananjoy Chatterjee may be a heinous criminal, but he is human and does have a name. What's wrong ...

Posted by P K Rao



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