Orissa HC commutes death sentence of rape and murder convict to life imprisonment

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | June 21, 2024 IST

Orissa High Court

Cuttack, June 21: The Orissa High Court on Thursday commuted the death sentence of a rape and murder convict to imprisonment for life. The death sentence was awarded to Sk Asif Ali (37), a rape and murder convict, by a Special Pocso court.

Sk Asif Ali was convicted by the Pocso Court in Jagatsinghpur for the rape and murder of a six-year-old girl on November 21, 2022 along with Sk Akil Ali (38). They were sentenced to life imprisonment for rape and death sentence for murder on the same day.

Considering the state governments plea for confirmation of the trial court’s death sentence and the criminal appeals filed by the two convicts, the Orissa High Court set aside the conviction of Sk Akil Ali and acquitted him of the charges of rape and murder as the circumstantial evidence against him was difficult to sustain his conviction.

In the case of Sk Asif Ali, the High Court upheld his conviction and confirmed the sentence of life imprisonment awarded to him for rape, but commuted death sentence to imprisonment for life for murder.

Commuting the death sentence of Sk Asif Ali to life imprisonment for murder, the division bench of Justice SK Sahoo and Justice RK Patnaik said that there is no cogent evidence that the Sk Asif Ali is beyond reform and rehabilitation. Considering the entire facts and circumstances, the aggravating circumstances, and mitigating circumstances, it cannot be said that capital punishment is the only option for the appellant and that the option of imprisonment for life will not suffice and is wholly disproportionate.

According to police, the girl was kidnapped while she was on her way back home after buying chocolates from a village shop under Tirtol police station in Jagatsinghpur district on August 21, 2014.

The convict took her to an abandoned house near the village and raped. Later, he killed her to destroy evidence.

Delivering judgment, the High Court awarded Rs 10 lakh compensation as provided under Schedule-II of Odisha Victim Compensation Scheme, 2017 considering the factual scenario and the age of the deceased victim.

The trial court had awarded compensation of Rs 1.5 lakh to be paid to the parents of the deceased victim.

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