INDIA: BOMBAY HC COMMUTES DEATH PENALTY OF TWO YOUNG MEN IN BHANDARA ROBBERY AND MURDER CASE
November 11, 2019:
The Nagpur Bench of the Bombay High Court on 5 November 2019 commuted death penalty awarded to two young men convicted for robbery and murder of a woman and for injuring her minor son. The sentence in the case was commuted to life imprisonment due to lack of evidence and in view of their socio economic status. (Sources: barandbench.com, 11/11/2029)
A Division Bench of Justices P N Deshmukh and Pushpa Ganediwala refused to confirm death sentence as pleaded by the State and partly allowed the appeal made by 22-year-old convicts Amir Ajaj Shaikh and Sachin Kundlik Raut from Bhandara district. The appellants were working as Air-Conditioner mechanics in Bhandara town.
It was a case of the prosecution that on 30 July 2015, both the appellants committed house trespass and robbed the house of a local businessman Dayaji Bariya. In doing so, they murdered his wife with and attempted to kill their 8-year-old son Bhavya, claimed the Bhandara Police. The convicts were accused of having used the hammer to hit the head of Bariya's wife, leading to her death.