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Allahabad HC upholds man`s death sentence

The Allahabad High Court has upheld the death sentence awarded to a person by a trial court in Uttar Pradesh`s Muzaffarnagar district for murdering his sister-in-law and two nephews following a tiff with his younger brother.



Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court has
upheld the death sentence awarded to a person by a trial court
in Uttar Pradesh`s Muzaffarnagar district for murdering his
sister-in-law and two nephews following a tiff with his
younger brother.

A division bench comprising Justices Yatindra Singh and
Surendra Singh upheld the capital punishment awarded to Om
Nath by the Additional Sessions Judge of Muzaffarnagar.
"It was difficult to imagine brother trying to eliminate
the family of his younger brother. But such are the facts of
the case, such is the world," the bench remarked in its
judgement on August 17.

The bench, however, set aside the fine of Rs 30,000
slapped on Nath by the lower court, observing that the amount
would have to be realised from the property in possession of
the wife of the accused, who has two unmarried daughters.

"It is not a fit case for imposition of any fine," the
court said.
On April 9, 2006, the convict opened fire on his younger
brother with whom he had a long-standing dispute over sharing
the expenses for the installation of a tubewell. When his
sister-in-law and two nephews resisted, Nath fired at them
killing them on the spot.

On November 11, 2008, Nath was awarded death sentence and
slapped with a fine of Rs 30,000 by the Additional Sessions
Judge following which he moved the High Court challenging the
verdict.

PTI

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