The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request documented by a death row convict looking for a review of its decision certifying the death penalty forced on him for “horribly” gangraping a minor girl and later killing her alongside her brother in Coimbatore in 2010.
In a majority judgment of 2:1, a seat headed by Justice R F Nariman, said there are no grounds to review their decision maintaining capital punishment of convict Manoharan.
While Justices Nariman and Suryakant dismissed the survey plea, Justice Sanjiv Khanna, who was additionally part of the three-judge bench, said he has an alternate view on the point of the sentence in particular. “In perspective on the majority judgment, the survey request stands dismissed completely,” the bench said.
A month ago, the top court had remained the man’s execution and said it would hear contentions on his request looking for a review of its August 1 decision which had affirmed his capital punishment.
Naming the offense as “shocking” and “cold-blooded”, a three-judge seat, by a larger part of 2:1, had maintained the decisions of the preliminary court and the Madras High Court to award capital punishment to the convict saying that the offense fell under the “rarest of rare” category.
As they didn’t pass on of poisoning, the two men tied their options and threw them to Parambikulam-Axhiyar Project canal where they drowned.