The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the hanging of a man whose mercy plea for clemency was rejected by the President on July 22, 2013.
Maganlal Barela was to be hanged on Thursday morning for beheading his five daughters in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh. He is lodged at Jabalpur jail in the state.
Acting on a petition filed by People’s Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR), a bench comprising Chief Justice P Sathasivam and justice Ranjana Prakash Desai stayed the execution of Barela’s death sentence and tagged the petition alongwith the pleas filed by other prisoners challenging rejecting of their mercy petition.
The PUDR activists had gone to the CJI’s residence on Wednesday night. The CJI’s office immediately informed the jail authorities in Jabalpur about the petition following which Barela’s hanging early this morning was stayed.
The trial court had awarded capital punishment to Barela on February 3, 2011.
President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected Barela’s plea for clemency on July 22, 2013 after the Supreme Court had on Janauary 9, 2012 dismissed his plea to convert capital punishment to life.