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Graham Staines killing: A timeline

The Supreme Court today upheld the life sentence of Dara Singh in the killing of missionary Graham Staines and his sons, exactly 12 years after they were burnt by a Hindu rightwing mob in Orissa's Keonjhar district.

india Updated: Jan 21, 2011 12:54 IST

The Supreme Court on Friday upheld the life sentence of Dara Singh in the killing of missionary Graham Staines and his sons, exactly 12 years after they were burnt by a Hindu rightwing mob in Orissa's Keonjhar district. A timeline of the case:

Jan 22, 1999: Australian Christian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons Philip (10) and Timothy (6) burnt to death by a mob while they were sleeping in their station wagon in front of a church at Manoharpur village in Keonjhar.

Jan 29, 1999: The central government sets up judicial commission led by Supreme Court Justice D.P. Wadhwa to investigate the crime.

Feb 24, 1999: The Orissa government decides to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).

June 21, 1999: The Wadhwa Commission submits 150-page report to the union home ministry holding Dara Singh guilty of the crime.

June 22, 1999: CBI submits chargesheet against 18 people, including Dara Singh.

Jan 31, 2000: Dara Singh arrested by CBI from a forest in Mayurbhanj district adjoining Keonjhar.

March 1, 2001: Trial in the case begins in a special CBI designated court at Bhubaneswar.

Sep 15, 2003: Court convicts Dara Singh and 12 others.

Sep 22, 2003: Court pronounces quantum of punishment and awards death sentence to Dara Singh and life imprisonment to 12 others.

May 19, 2005: Orissa High Court sets aside death sentence to Dara Singh and commutes it to life imprisonment in an 106-page judgment. It, however, retains life imprisonment awarded to Mahendra Hembram, another accused, while acquitting all others.

Jan 21, 2011: The Supreme Court upholds life imprisonment for Dara Singh and his accomplice Mahender Hambram.