New Delhi, Feb 17: The Supreme Court today stayed the execution of death sentence of Swami Shradhananda, a self-styled godman convicted for murdering his wife Begum Shakereh Namazi, who belonged to the erstwhile royal family of Mysore in Karnataka. A bench comprising Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice Tarun Chatterjee issued notice to the Karnataka government on Shradhanand’s petition challenging his conviction in the case.
The Karnataka High Court in September last had confirmed the death sentence awarded to him by the trial court. Shakereh, grand-daughter of Sir Mirza Ismail, former Diwan of Mysore, had married Shardhananda in 1986 after divorcing Akbar Khaleeli, a former diplomat. Prosecution had alleged that Shradhananda alias Murli Manohar Mishra had drugged his wife and buried her in the compound of her sprawling bungalow in Bangalore on April 28, 1991. It was alleged that the accused wanted to grab Shakereh’s property. On a complaint of a missing person lodged by her daughter, police worked out the case and exhumed her body after which the self-styled Godman was arrested.