Bhopal: Challenging the judgement, 31 criminals awarded capital punishment in heinous crimes have moved higher courts. Out of the total cases 16 are related to rape and murder, while 15 criminals have been convicted for homicide, till June 2018.
Lower courts have sentenced death penalty to seven persons charging them with minors’ rape and murder; of these appeals of five convicts are pending with the Supreme Court, and two with the High Court. DG Jail, Sanjay Choudhary, said that highest numbers criminals on death row are serving imprisonment in Indore. A total of 13 criminals have been awarded capital punishment of which six have been convicted for rape and murder.
In Jabalpur Central Jail, 12 criminals have been given death sentence, of these eight have been convicted for rape and murder, informed Choudhary while talking to Free Press. In Gwalior there are three convicts, two sentenced gallows for rape and murder, in Bhopal two and in Ujjain one is facing the doom for murder, he added.
ADG prosecution Dr Rajendra Kumar said that officers were making strong cases against the criminals to ensure justice to the victims. Indore court in April 2013 had awarded capital punishment to three criminals Jitendra Singh, Devendra and Ketan for kidnapping, rape and murder. Their petition was cancelled by the Supreme Court and even the mercy petition to the President of India was rejected but now they have filed a review petition in the Supreme Court which is now pending.