Statesman News Service
CUTTACK, Jan. 27. — The Orissa High Court has squashed the death sentence awarded to a man for allegedly killing his wife and children in cold blood. The High Court has ordered the retrial in the case after the submission of a fresh charge sheet.
In another significant judgment, the High Court has commuted a death sentence to life imprisonment. The judgments were delivered on Wednesday on death sentences that had been forwarded to the High Court for confirmation.
The first case involved one Khageswar Behera who was sentenced to death by the court of the district sessions judge, Keonjhar, in connection with the death of his wife and three children in June 2002. He was convicted of charges under Section-302 and 201 of IPC. While the death sentence had come for confirmation Khageswar also challenged it in the High Court. Adjudicating it, the Division Bench comprising Mr Justice PK Tripathy and Mr Justice AK Parichha quashed the conviction of Khageswar on grounds of erroneous framing of charges and directed the Keonjhar district session court to take up the case afresh for trial.
The second case taken up for confirmation involved a bangle seller from Muzzafarpur, Kiran Bedi, who was awarded death sentence by the sessions judge, Puri, in connection with the brutal killing of the minor son and daughter of a businessman of the temple town in December 2001. The Division Bench comprising Chief Justice Mr Justice SB Roy and Mr Justice MM Das commuted the death sentence awarded by the lower court to life imprisonment.