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President commutes death sentence of four prisoners

New Delhi: The death sentence of four prisoners, including a man convicted for rape and murder of a five-year-old girl, has been commuted to life imprisonment by President Pratibha Patil.

Three mercy petitions of four condemned prisoners namely Om Prakash of Uttarakhand, Satish of Uttar Pradesh and Karan Singh and Kunwar Bahadur Singh of Uttar Pradesh were considered under Article 72 of the Constitution and their death sentences were commuted into imprisonment for life, Home Minister P Chidambaram told his monthly press conference in New Delhi today.

President Pratibha Patil. Image courtesy PIB

Article 72 gives power to the president to grant pardons, etc. and to suspend, remit or commute sentences in certain cases.

"The President shall have the power to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of punishment or to suspend, remit or commute the sentence of any person convicted of any offence," it says.

Om Prakash, a domestic help, was convicted for killing a retired Brigadier and his two family members in Dehradun 18 years ago. Satish was convicted for rape and murder of a five-year-old girl.

Karan Singh and Kunwar Bahadur Singh were sentenced to death for brutally killing five persons of a family.


Updated Date: May 31, 2012 21:32 PM

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