Supreme Court stays execution of Veerappan aides
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New Delhi: Supreme Court has put a stay on the execution of bandit Veerappan's aides. The mercy plea of the four aides had been rejected by President Pranab Mukherjee earlier.
The SC will take up the case of execution of the four aides on Wednesday.
Four aides of the infamous bandit Veerappan on death row are likely to approach the Supreme Court seeking their death sentences to be commuted. The court had last weekend refused to hear an urgent plea from them.
The four associates had moved the Supreme Court against the death penalty on Saturday. Veerappan's elder brother Gnanaprakash, Simon, Meesekar Madaiah and Bilavendran were awarded death sentence in 2004 in connection with a landmine blast at Palar in Karnataka in 1993 in which 22 police personnel were killed.
Recently, President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected their mercy plea. Their execution was reportedly scheduled for Sunday morning.
They are lodged in a jail in Belgaum, Karnataka.
The petition filed by their lawyer Shamik Narain says the death sentence should be commuted to life because of delay of nine years in deciding the mercy plea by the President.