Thursday, December 6, 2007

Madras HC upholds death penalty to 3 AIADMK men

Madras High Court upholds death penalty to 3 AIADMK men

Thu, 06 Dec 2007 09:24:00 GMT


Chennai, Dec 6 - The Madras High Court Thursday upheld the death penalty to three AIADMK men found guilty in an arson case in which three girl students were charred alive. In February this year, First Additional Sessions Judge D.Krishnaraja of a lower court in Salem district convicted 28 AIADMK activists on lesser charges and awarded death to three leaders of the mob for various offences, including attempt to murder.

Three girl students of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore, were burnt alive on Feb 2, 2000 when their college bus was set ablaze near Elakiyampatti in Dharmapuri following the conviction of former chief minister J.Jayalalitha in the Kodaikanal Pleasant Stay Hotel case.
The lower court verdict was awarded after seven long years of trial and persistent efforts by the parents of the victims.

The convicted AIADMK men appealed against the lower court ruling and a division bench of Justice D.Murugesan and Justice V.Periya Karruppayya of the Madras High Court reserved the orders on their appeal after hearing arguments from both the prose4cution and defence sides in November.
The high court Thursday upheld the lower court verdict against the three, accused of instigating mob violence that led to the burning of the bus, and with it the three girls.

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Madras High Court upholds AIADMK men's death sentence

The Madras High Court Thursday upheld a lower court verdict against the three AIADMK men accused of instigating a mob that burned down a bus with three girls inside who were charred to death nearly eight years ago.

From Correspondents in Tamil Nadu, India, 6 Dec 2007

The Madras High Court Thursday upheld a lower court verdict against the three AIADMK men accused of instigating a mob that burned down a bus with three girls inside who were charred to death nearly eight years ago.

Three girl students of the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University in Coimbatore were burnt alive Feb 2, 2000 when their college bus was set ablaze near Elakiyampatti in Dharmapuri by AIADMK supporters protesting the conviction of former chief minister J. Jayalalitha in the Kodaikanal Pleasant Stay Hotel case.

In February this year, First Additional Sessions Judge D. Krishnaraja in Salem district convicted 28 AIADMK activists on lesser charges and awarded death to three leaders of the mob for various offences including attempt to murder.

The lower court verdict was awarded after seven years of trial and persistent efforts by the parents of the victims.

The convicted AIADMK men appealed against the lower court ruling and a division bench of Justice D. Murugesan and Justice V. Periya Karruppayya reserved the orders on their appeal after hearing arguments from both the prosecution and defence sides in November.

Rejecting the appeals, the judges said the killing of innocent victims was 'diabolical' and 'a revolting crime that warranted no lesser punishment'.

The bench noted that eye witnesses especially the driver and cleaner of the bus and students were 'all independent, and there was no reason why any of them would falsely depose before the court about the agitated mood of the group that attacked them'.

'The prosecution has amply proved through unassailable evidence of witnesses that the demonstration was not peaceful and that the demonstrators were aggressive', the court said in its order.

The court said one of the AIADMK men had poured petrol inside the bus, another had set fire to it while a third had instigated the act.

'This court is alive not only to the right of the criminal to be awarded just and fair punishment...but also the right of the victims to have the assailant appropriately punished'.

The judges said the public wanted 'appropriate and deterrent punishment' for the grave offence.

They categorically said there were 'no mitigating circumstances' and it would not be purposeful to award any punishment that would be reformative rather than deterrent.

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