New Delhi: The Supreme Court has awarded life
sentence to three persons in a honour killing case, in which
six members of a family were gunned down, but said the
accused deserved capital punishment.
The apex court however, refrained from awarding death
penalty to Master Krishna, Ram Sewak and Kishori as the
incident was two decades old and slammed the High Court for
acquitting them by rejecting the testimonies of a child and
"There is no manner of doubt that killing six persons and
wiping out almost the whole family on the flimsy ground of
saving the honour of the family would fall within the rarest
of rare case evolved by this court and, therefore, the trial
court was perfectly justified in imposing capital punishment
on the respondents.
"However, this court also notices that the incident
had roughly taken place before 20 years,i.e.,on August 10/11,
1991. Further,the High Court had acquitted the respondents by
a judgment dated April 12, 2002. After April 12, 2002 till
this date, nothing adverse against any of the respondents is
reported to this Court," a Bench of Justices H S Bedi and J M
Panchal said in a judgement.
The apex court said that to sentence the trio "to death
after their acquittal in the year 2002 would not be justified
on the facts and in the circumstances of the case," and hence
it imposed life sentence on them.
Six members of Gulzari`s family--his wife Ramwati,
brother Baburam and the couple`s three sons Rajesh, Umesh and
Dharmendra--were shot dead by Krishna and the other two in
Uttar Pradesh`s Farukhabad district. Gulzari`s son Madan, who
was six years old at that time, was a witness to the killing
along with a neighbour Jhabbulal.
The incident was a sequel to Krishna`s daughter Sontara
eloping with Amar Singh, son of Jhabulal. The trio
committed the murder of Gulzari`s family as they suspected
that Ramwati helped them elope.
Though the sessions court awarded them death sentence,
the Allahabad High Court acquitted them after disbelieving the
testimonies, after which the UP government appealed in the