Thursday, October 6, 2016

Soumya case: Review plea to be heard in open court

  NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court will hear the review plea of the state government and mother of Soumya, who was brutally raped and murdered by Govindachamy, in an open court on Friday. The plea was filed against apex court’s verdict cancelling the death sentence of the accused. The action of the bench led by Justices Renjan Gogoi and U U Lalith approved the plea of Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi, who appeared for the government, seeking to hear the review plea in an open court.

The plea pointed serious lapses in Supreme Court’s verdict and has requested to restore the punishment awarded to the accused by the lower courts on charges of murder under Section 302. There are ample proofs to show that he pushed her out of the train and murdered her. His plan was to kill her after the rape and it is clear from the circumstantial evidences.

The Supreme Court reduced the death penalty sentence given to Govindachamy on the basis of the statements of almost forty witnesses that a co-passenger told them that she escaped after jumping from the train. However, he injured her seriously inside the train itself. The three injuries seen in her body was the reason for her death.

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