SC expunges paras from Staines verdict

The Supreme Court expunged two sentences on religious conversions.

Last Updated: Jan 25, 2011, 14:57 PM IST

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday expunged two controversial sentences in its ruling on the
killings of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two
minor sons, which had upheld the life imprisonment for Bajrang
Dal activist Dara Singh and his accomplice.

Expunging the second last sentence of paragraph 43 of
the 76-page ruling, a bench of Justices P Sathasivam and BS
Chauhan replaced it by saying, "After 12 years, the life
imprisonment given by the High Court, need not be interfered
with."

The bench replaced the second sentence by saying, "It
is undisputed that there is no justification for interfering
in someone`s belief by any means."

The original sentences, which were expunged, had
alluded to the religious activities of Staines in Manoharpur
area in Orissa and his conversion activities leading to
provocation.

The court expunged these two sentences as they were
seen to be liable to misinterpretation.

PTI