Published On : Fri, Jun 17th, 2016

Gulberg verdict: SIT to approach HC on ‘lenient’ sentencing

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New Delhi/Nagpur: Special Investigation Team counsel in the 2002 Gulberg massacre case, R C Kodekar today expressed dissatisfaction about court’s verdict in the case and announced to approach the high court, as he felt the sentence was too “lenient”.

Kodekar was upset especially after the court’s refusal to add “till death” clause in the life sentence awarded to 11 convicts in the case.

“The verdict is not that satisfactory. We feel the sentence is lenient and inadequate. During arguments, we had appealed to the court that life imprisonment till death should given to all. We are not convinced with the penalty awarded,” said Kodekar.

“12 convicts were given only seven years, which is very lenient too. It should be either ten years of life imprisonment,” he said.

“We will appeal in the High Court,” said Kodekar.

Gulberg is one of the nine cases that was investigated by Supreme Court appointed SIT, headed by former CBI chief R K Raghavan.

A special court here today sentenced 11 convicted in the massacre, to life imprisonment till death if the state does not exercise power to remit the sentence.