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HC lawyers’ protest leaves Abhi Verma killers in lurch

HC lawyers’ protest leaves Abhi Verma killers in lurch

Saurabh Malik

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, August 6

Facing the gallows, the killers of Abhi Verma are left in the lurch following the ongoing “work suspension” by advocates in the Punjab and Haryana High Court. Less than a fortnight after a Single Judge of the High Court upheld the death sentence awarded to them in the murder and kidnapping case, their counsel on Monday filed an appeal before a Division Bench.

But uncertainty continued to prevail regarding effective hearing of the appeal throughout the day with their lawyer Navkiran Singh unsure whether he would be able to argue the matter following the strike.

Navkiran Singh had earlier sought permission from the protesting Punjab and Haryana High Court Bar Association to argue the matter before the Bench as at stake was the life of the convicts. He had even sent a message to the Bar president stating that in one of his cases he had sought conversion of death sentence into life imprisonment in a writ petition. The writ was dismissed and pronounced during the “strike days”.

Navkiran Singh added he had filed a letter patent appeal (LPA) against that order of the Single Bench as the death sentence could be executed any time. Eariler dismissing their plea, Justice Jitendra Chauhan had made it clear that delay in execution of judgments could not work on favour of accused-convicts in cases of heinous crimes.

The ruling came on a petition by Jasbir Singh alias Jassa and another convict. Awarded death sentence in murder and kidnapping case registered on February 14, 2005, at Hoshiarpur city police station, they were seeking commutation of death sentence to life imprisonment. Meanwhile late this evening, Navkiran Singh was allowed to argue the matter on Wednesday.

Heinous crime  

Hoshiarpur boy Abhi Verma (16) was kidnapped on February 14, 2005. His father, Ravi Verma, received a ransom call from the kidnapper demanding Rs 50 lakh. The next day, Abhi’s body was found in the fields of Daulatpur village. Three accused were arrested in the case.

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