No leniency for accused in heinous offences: SC
Thursday, January 31, 2008 20:14 [IST]
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that heinous offences like dacoity, money-laundering and other offences like moral turpitude, particularly when they are directed against women, should be dealt with exemplary punishment and no leniency should be shown towards the accused.
Any liberal attitude or sympathetic approach on a plea that much time has lapsed since the commission of an offence should not be entertained as it would pose a grave threat to the social fabric and law and order, a bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat said while recalling an earlier ruling of the apex court.
The bench's observations came while declining to interfere with the 10-year sentence handed out to Venugopal and others charged with committing dacoity on a highway in Karnataka s Kolar district. The accused waylaid the victims, including a woman, and snatched her ornaments after tying them up and threatening them with knives and other lethal weapons.
The accused were arrested later and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment by the sessions court and their punishment was affirmed by the Karnataka High Court. In their appeal, the accused while claiming innocence pleaded that they be released as they have already undergone eight years imprisonment. However, the apex court after perusing the records felt that the prosecution was able to clearly establish the guilt of the accused and hence found no reason to interfere with the 10-year imprisonment, the maximum punishment prescribed for the offence.
Source : PTI