Supreme Court Weekly Round-Up
A Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan allowed a 93-year old woman, accused of stealing crockery during the 1984 riots and then illegally occupying a shop, to walk free by reducing her punishment to the period already spent in prison.
A Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice C. Nagappan and Justice J.S. Khehar stayed the execution of death sentence of Kalu Khan, convicted for the rape and murder of a four-year old girl in Rajasthan. The execution was fixed for June 18.
A Supreme Court Bench comprising of Justice J.S. Khehar and Justice C. Nagappan, setting aside the conviction of the accused, observed that eye-witnesses who deny the presence of injuries on the person of the accused are lying on most material point, and therefore, their evidence is unreliable. Additionally, this dishonesty assumed much greater importance when the eye witness is interested or inimical to the accused.
A couple from Ferozabad in Uttar Pradesh, who said they fell in love and married outside the boundaries of their religions at Arya Samaj Mandal sought the Supreme Court’s involvement, persuaded by its liberal and open-minded attitude towards inter caste marriages. The Supreme Court ordered protection.
The Supreme Court denied the eviction and subsequent demolition of houses built on land of the Pachmarhi Cantonment Board at Hoshangabad for poor dwellers in Madhya Pradesh.