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Supreme court frees convict

Inordinate delay in deciding Delhi Government’s appeal against a murder convict forced the Supreme Court to let him off.

india Updated: Sep 08, 2010 02:44 IST
HT Correspondent

Inordinate delay in deciding Delhi Government’s appeal against a murder convict forced the Supreme Court to let him off.

The court said he has already spent 20 years in jail and it would be “unjustified” to send him to the gallows.
While agreeing with the trial court’s finding that the murder of two children by convict Ajit Seth was “barbaric” and called for “no mercy”, a Bench headed by Justice H.S. Bedi dismissed the Delhi government’s appeal that demanded death sentence for the twin murders.

Seth had burnt two children, Sunny (7) and his sister Shikha Arora (3) to death as he suspected they had informed their father about his illicit relations with the mother.