NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court has stayed the capital punishment awarded to convict Antony in Aluva mass murder case that had shocked the conscience of Kerala.
The stay has come in response to the petition filed by the convict, seeking to review the procedures including the rejection of his mercy petition. The petition was considered by the bench headed by Deepak Mishra. Antony’s mercy petition was rejected by the President on April 27.
In the midnight of January 6, 2001, the accused hacked to death Aluva Manjooran house resident Augustine (48), wife Mary (42) and daughters Divya (14) and Jesmon (12), Augustine’s mother Clara (78) and sister Kochu Rani (38).
The CBI special court had awarded death penalty to Antony. Though he appealed against the death row in the high court and the Supreme Court, the verdict was upheld in both courts.
According to the prosecution, Antony killed his childhood friend Kochu Rani out of rage after she failed to give him money to go abroad after he got visa.