Supreme Court while entertaining a review petition stayed the execution of death sentence awarded to Manoharan, a rape and a murder accused.
The aforementioned stay was granted on the plea by petitioner stating that she needs more time to inspect the records and that the Senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra, could not attend and has asked for a date of his convenience of the 16th October 2019.
While listing the matter on October 16th October ,2019 the court said that it would be the last date for oral arguments in terms of judgment.The backdrop of the present is that there were two suspects of a heinous crime of rape and murder of a minor girl causing her death. Mohanakrishnan, a priest, and Manoharan were the accused. Mohanakrishnan was killed in a police encounter whereas Monaharan was awarded a death sentence by the Trial court which was later confirmed by the Madras High Court.
Three judge bench comprising of Justice Rohinton Fali Nariman, Justice Surya Kant and Justice Sanjeev Khanna dismissed the appeal filed by Manoharan against the High Court judgment.
Among three judges Justice Sanjiv Khanna was the one who didn’t give assent for the stay on the execution of the death sentence.
As pleaded by the petitioner, requirement of time for further inspection of records and absence of senior Advocate Siddharth Luthra, Court accepted the aforementioned grounds while declaring, that October 16th,2019 would be the last opportunity for oral arguments in this specific case.
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