Ranjit Mahanti

FORMER BJP chief and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday rejected the mercy petitions of five death row convicts including Surendra Koli.  In a case that outraged the nation, Koli was found guilty in the Uttar Pradesh’s Nithari serial rapes and killing’s matter.

According to media reports, Rajnath Singh rejected five files that were recommended to President Pranab Mukherjee for mercy are 1- Renukabai and Seema (Maharashtra), 2- Surendra Koli (Uttar Pradesh), 3- Rajendra Pralhadrao Wasnik (Maharashtra), 4- Jagdish (Madhya Pradesh) and 5- Holiram Bordoloi (Assam).

Surendra Koli (42) and his employer Moninder Singh Pandher’s allegedly raped, brutally killed and axed children in Noida at Uttar Pradesh between 2005 and 2006. They were awarded death sentence by a lower court.  The sentence was upheld by the Allahabad High Court and confirmed by the Supreme Court in February 2011.

According to rule, the President can return the cases to the ministry for reconsideration. This can be done only once if he so decides after which he is constitutionally obliged to accept the ministry’s decision.

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