//Andhra seeks death penalty for killer student

Andhra seeks death penalty for killer student

Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government has moved the Supreme Court seeking death sentence for a student who murdered his classmate for reportedly spurning his advances.

A lower court in Vijayawada had sentenced Manohar to death in August last year but the Andhra Pradesh High Court commuted it to life imprisonment in order to give him a chance to reform. In an appeal filed in the apex court on Monday the state government pleaded that 24-year-old Manohar should be sentenced to death as he had a criminal background, court sources said yesterday.

According to official sources, a division bench comprising Justice B N Srikrishna and Justice Tarun Chatterjee admitted the appeal for hearing. Manohar, son of a bank official and a student of Sarada College in Vijayawada, had stabbed to death classmate R. Srilakshmi in a classroom on June 21, 2004, after she spurned his advances.

Srilakshmi was waiting in the classroom when Manohar approached her, pulled out a butcher’s knife he had hidden under his T-shirt and stabbed her in the head and neck while other students watched in horror.

Manohar walked out of the college after committing the crime. He was arrested in Chennai a week later.