08 November 2019 :
The Supreme Court on 7 November 2019 rejected a plea by one Manoharan — a convict in a double murder case involving a 10-year-old girl and her seven-year-old brother — seeking reconsideration of the top court verdict upholding his death sentence.
The murder of the brother and the sister took place in Coimbatore in 2010.
Upholding the death sentence, justices Rohinton Fali Nariman and Surya Kant by majority rejected the Mahoharan’s plea for the review of top court’s 1st August verdict upholding the Madras high court decision confirming the death sentence.
Justice Sanjeev Khanna — the third judge — while concurring with the majority view on conviction, differed on sentencing and favoured life imprisonment instead of death sentence.
Dismissing the review petition, justice Narinan pronouncing the order said, “In view of the majority judgment, the review petitions stand dismissed in entirety.”
Both the girl and her brother were kidnapped on 29 October 2010 from outside a temple in Coimbatore, while they were going to school. Later, they were taken to a isolated place, where the girl was raped.