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- Datchinamurthy Kataiah, 36, was scheduled to be hanged Friday, just two days after the execution of a Malaysian man that sparked an international outcry because he was believed to be mentally disabled.
A bench, headed by justice Uday U Lalit, sought the assistance of attorney general KK Venugopal in the case registered suo motu in the wake of various issues arising out of non-enforcement of the court’s landmark ruling on death sentence cases issued more than four decades ago in the Bachan Singh case.
The bench was hearing an appeal in a death sentence case from Madhya Pradesh.
A bench headed by Justice Uday U Lalit has made psychological evaluation of the condemned prisoner mandatory, as well as a report on the inmate’s conduct at the time of examining whether the gallows remains the only fitting punishment.
A bench comprising justices L Nageswara Rao, BR Gavai and BV Nagarathna said that the prosecution failed to bring home the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt
ByHT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi