A local court today heard a petition seeking execution of the killers of former Haryana MLA Relu Ram Punia and seven members of his family over a decade ago.
The petition filed by the slain MLA's brother came up for hearing before district and sessions judge VK Bakshi with the petitioner's counsel arguing that the home ministry has urged the President to reject the mercy petition of the killers of the former legislator.
The court has fixed April 28 as the next date of hearing in the case because the clemency petition of the culprits - Punia's daughter Sonia and her husband Sanjiv - is still pending with the President.
On May 31 2004 the district judge had sentenced both of them to death but the high court on their appeal transmuted the punishment to life imprisonment on April 12 2005 but the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence in 2007.
Then the district court announced the date of execution for November 26 2007. The couple then filed petition of clemency to the President which is still pending.
Both had been found guilty of murdering Relu Ram Punia, his wife Krishna, son Sunil, daughter in law Shakuntla, daughter Priyanka, grandson Lokesh (4), Shivani (3) and Preeti (one and a half month old) granddaughters in one go, when all were sleeping in the house.