Delhi High Court commutes death sentence to life, overturns President's decision
By Team Legistify / 2017-06-30

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The Delhi High Court has commuted Sonu Sardar’s death sentence to life imprisonment, quashing the orders of the President of India and the Governor of Chhattisgarh rejecting his mercy petitions.

Sardar was convicted for the murder of five persons including two children in Chhattisgarh.

The trial court had sentenced Sardar and his co-accused to death in 2008 finding the crime to be among the rarest of rare cases. Thereafter, the High Court of Chhattisgarh confirmed the death sentence of the petitioner in 2010. The Supreme Court upheld the death sentence by dismissing the appeal filed by the petitioner in February 2012.

The mercy petition of the convict was rejected by the Governor of Chhattisgarh in April 2013 and by the President in May 2014. The review petition filed by the petitioner was dismissed in February 2014.

Finally, this writ petition was filed in the Delhi High Court in February 2015. The High Court had issued notice in 2015, prompting the Chhattisgarh government to prefer a transfer petition before the Supreme Court. In January this year, the apex court asked the Delhi High Court to decide the writ petition on merits.

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