India court puts execution of four murderers on hold
dpaNEW DELHI -- India's Supreme Court Monday stayed the scheduled execution of four men condemned to death for a landmine blast that killed 22 policemen in 1993, after they filed a petition for the sentence to be commuted to life in prison, news reports said.
February 19, 2013, 12:02 am TWN
The four argued that the nine years spent on death row, from their conviction in 2004 until their mercy plea was finally turned down by President Pranab Mukherjee last week, was an “inordinate delay,” and had earned them a lighter sentence, lawyer Samik Narain said.
They had been scheduled to hang Monday for murder after the president rejected their plea. Local media reported preparations were under way at a prison in the southern state of Karnataka.
The court said it would hear the latest petition on Wednesday, broadcaster CNN-IBN reported.