New Delhi: A 92-year-old bed-ridden man — convicted in a 1980 honour killing — is set to spend the rest of his life in jail.
A vacation bench of Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel and Justice L. Nageswara Rao on Friday rejected a plea by Putti against surrendering to police for undergoing the sentence.
Putti, along with his cousin brothers Phekka and Sanehi, was accused of killing a man, Nanhakku, on August 22, 1980.
Belonging to Faridpur village in Unnao district in Uttar Pradesh, Nanhakku was killed after his brother Sohan eloped with Phekka’s married daughter and were never traced thereafter.
Pittu, Phekka and Sanehi nursed a grudge against Nanhakku as he lived with Sohan.
Unnao’s Additional Session Judge on May 28, 1982 convicted them for murder and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
On their appeal, the Allahabad High Court released them on bail on May 31, 1982.
On February 24 this year, after 24 years, the high court upheld his conviction and sentencing. It ordered Putti to surrender before the police to undergo life imprisonment.
By then Phekka and Sanehi had passed away.
Putti moved the apex court on May 18, challenging the high court ruling. His advocate Deepesh Dwivedi called the high court verdict “unreasoned and erroneous” considering Putti’s age and poor health.
But the Supreme Court was not impressed and told Putti to go to jail.