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Khairlanji case: CBI to appeal against HC verdict

The Central Bureau of Investigation has decided to approach the Supreme Court to appeal against the Bombay High Court order commuting the death sentence of six convicts in the Khairlanji killings.

mumbai Updated: Jul 22, 2010 01:05 IST
HT Correspondent

The Central Bureau of Investigation has decided to approach the Supreme Court to appeal against the Bombay High Court order commuting the death sentence of six convicts in the Khairlanji killings.

According to official sources, the CBI will soon move the SC challenging the order of the Nagpur bench of the HC. On July 14 the HC had commuted the death sentence of the six convicts to life imprisonment.

Four members of a Dalit family — Surekha Bhaiyalal Bhotmange, her daughter Priyanka, sons Sudhir and Roshan – were brutally killed by a mob in Khairlanji village on September 29, 2006. Initial police inaction in the case had led to statewide violent protests, which compelled the state government to handover the case to CBI.

The high court while commuting the death sentence had noted that there was no caste factor involved in the killings and that all the accused had no previous criminal record. The court also declined to accept the plea that it was a case of caste-based vengeance.

Six of the eight convicts were given death sentence by a lower court in September, 2008. Two others were spared from capital punishment considering their young ages and the fact that their fathers were also involved in the incident.