Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Thursday expressed his displeasure over convicts challenging their death warrants. Justice Bobde observed that Supreme Court should not only look into the rights of the accused but victims as well. He made these observations while hearing a petition from a couple hailing from Uttar Pradesh.
The couple have been convicted for murdering seven members of the woman’s family, including an infant. The incident dates back to April, 2008, court holding them guilty of the offence had sentenced them to death penalty in 2010.
However, the Supreme Court had cancelled their execution warrants in 2015 on grounds that the enquiry was carried out in a haste and the all legal options hadn’t been exercised by the convicts.
Continuing the hearing on Thursday, Justice Bobde said that it was extremely important for the death sentence to be executed. He added that a death row convict should never feel that the sentence can be questioned anytime.
Chief Justice Bobde said, “one cannot go on fighting endlessly”.
“We don’t want to focus or emphasise only on rights of accused in a case in which 7 people including a 10-month-old baby have been murdered,” the Chief Justice said.
The Delhi High Court on January 15 had refused to entertain a petition by Mukesh Kumar, one of the four death-row convicts in the Nirbhaya case, challenging a sessions court order fixing the date of his hanging in Tihar jail on January 22, 2020.
Later, Supreme Court had also rejected review as well as curative petitions challenging the death warrants.