The Supreme Court of India, on Friday, converted the life sentences of the two convicts in Yug Chandak murder case to life imprisonment with the direction that there shall not be any remission till the accused completes 25 years of imprisonment.
The judgment was passed a bench of judges, which included: Justice Hemant Gupta, Justice Vineet Saran and Justice MR Shah. The petition for the convicts was filed by Ajit Singh Pundir.
The Supreme Court in its decision in ‘Arvind Singh Vs The State of Maharashtra’ stated that the case falls short of being a ‘rarest of rare’ case, where a death sentence alone deserves to be awarded to the appellants.
On February 4, 2016, a Sessions Court had given a death sentence to the convicts Rajesh Daware and Arvind Singh under section 364A and section 302 of the IPC. The judgement was upheld by Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court on May 5, 2016.
8-year-old Yug Chandak, son of Dr Mukesh Chandak from Nagpur, was first kidnapped and then murdered on September 1, 2014, by Daware and Singh. Daware was an employee at Dr Mukesh Chandak’s office and was fired for embezzling money.
The decision by the Supreme Court read:
“The motive of the accused to take life was to become rich by not doing hard work by by demanding ransom after kidnapping a young, innocent boy of 8 years. Thus, having considered all the circumstances and facts on record, we are of the considered view that the present case falls short of the ‘rarest of the rare’ cases where a death sentence alone deserves to be awarded to the appellants. It appears to us in light of all cumulative circumstances that the cause of justice will be effectively served by invoking the concept of special sentencing as evolved by this Court in the cases of Swamy Shraddananda and Srihan. Thus, the present appeals succeed in part. The judgement and order passed by the learned Trial Court and confirmed by the High Court convicting the accused for the offences punishable under sections 302 and section 364A read with section 34 of the IPC is hereby confirmed. However, the death sentence imposed by the learned Trial Court, confirmed by the High Court, is converted into life imprisonment. It is further observed and directed that the life means till the end of life with the further observation and direction that there shall not be any remission till the accused completes 25 years of imprisonment.”
You can read the entire Supreme Court judgement and the details of the Yug Chandak Murder Case here: