SC stays execution of convict till October 16

first_imgNew Delhi: Three days ahead of the scheduled hanging of a death row convict for “horribly” gang-raping a minor girl and killing her along with her brother in Coimbatore in 2010, the Supreme Court Tuesday stayed his execution till October 16.A bench headed by Justice R F Nariman said it would hear on October 16 the plea filed by convict Manoharan seeking a review of the apex court’s August 1 verdict which had confirmed his death penalty. During the open court hearing on the review plea, the bench, which also comprised justices Sanjiv Khanna and Surya Kant, said it was granting “the last opportunity” to the counsel representing the convict to argue the case since it was a matter of death sentence. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe counsel told the bench that a death warrant had been issued and he was scheduled to be executed on September 20. The top court had on August 1 sent Manoharan to gallows for “horribly” gang-raping a 10-year-old girl along with a co-accused and killing her and her seven-year-old brother by throwing them in a canal with their hands tied. Terming the offence as “shocking” and “cold-blooded”, a three-judge bench, by a majority of 2:1, had upheld the verdicts of the trial court and the Madras High Court to award death penalty to the condemned convict saying that the offence fell under the “rarest of rare” category.last_img