The SDM has asked police to find the cause of poisoning and also specifically probe murder or suicide angle in the death of Sunanda Pushkar, the wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor
The Sub-Divisional Magistrate probing the death of Sunanda Pushkar, has said the wife of union minister Shashi Tharoor died of poisoning.
In a report, the SDM has asked police to find the cause of poisoning and also specifically probe the murder or suicide angle in the death of Pushkar.
Last week on Saturday, doctors, who conducted an autopsy on the body of Sunanda Pushkar at AIIMS, had said it was a case of 'sudden, unnatural death'. They however, had ruled out poisoning even as police investigated various angles into the death of Union Minister Shashi Tharoor’s wife.
Injury marks were also found on the body of 52-year-old Pushkar, who was found dead on Friday night under mysterious circumstances in the luxury Leela Palace hotel in South Delhi.
Pushkar was found dead in her suite at the hotel and the body was shifted to AIIMS at around 3:30am for post-mortem.
Giving life term to 15 death row inmates, including four aides of forest brigand Veerappan, the Supreme Court also ruled that a death convict suffering from mental insanity and schizophrenia cannot be hanged
The Supreme Court on Tuesday held that death sentence of a condemned prisoner can be commuted to life imprisonment on the ground of delay on the part of the government in deciding the mercy plea.
Giving life term to 15 death row inmates, including four aides of forest brigand Veerappan, the apex court also ruled that a death convict suffering from mental insanity and schizophrenia cannot be hanged.
It overruled its own verdict in Khalistani terrorist Devinderpal Singh Bhullar’s case in which it had held that delay in deciding mercy plea cannot be a ground for commutation of death sentence.
Death sentence in such cases can be commuted to life imprisonment on the ground of their mental illness, it said.
Today’s judgement may have implications in various cases, including the petitions filed by three death row convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case who have challenged the President’s rejection of their mercy plea less than three years ago.
Framing guidelines on disposal of mercy petitions and execution of death sentence, a bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam ruled that convicts given death sentence must be informed about the rejection of their mercy pleas and should be given a chance to meet their family members before they are executed.
It also held that solitary confinement of a prisoner, including death row convict, is unconstitutional and it should not be allowed in the prisons.
The bench gave its verdict on a batch of petitions filed by 15 inmates on death row seeking direction from Supreme Court for commutation of their sentence to life term on the grounds of delay in deciding mercy plea and mental illness.
The bench also said that execution of death sentence should be carried out within 14 days after rejection of the mercy plea.
The apex court also said that the prison authorities must provide legal aid to prisoners facing death sentence so that they can approach courts for commutation of their sentence on the ground of their illness and delay in deciding mercy plea by the Government.
Pronouncing its judgement on 13 petitions filed by the 15 convicts whose execution of sentence had been stayed by the apex court, the three-judge bench clarified that its directions be implemented in all cases whether a person has been convicted under IPC or the anti-terror law.
The issue of communication of rejection of mercy plea assumes importance in view of the controversy surrounding the execution of Parliament attack case convict Mohd Afzal as there was allegation that his family members were not properly communicated about the dismissal of his plea and subsequent hanging.
Earlier, a two-judge bench in April last year had held that long delay in disposing of mercy pleas by the President or the Governor of persons convicted under anti-terror laws or similar statutes cannot be a ground for commutation of death sentence.
The 12 April 2013 ruling was pronounced while rejecting Bhullar’s plea for commutation of sentence on ground of delay in deciding his mercy plea. At that time, there were over 20 convicts facing execution.
Later on, an apex court bench had granted relief to a condemned prisoner M N Das who had sought conversion of his death sentence to life imprisonment on the ground of delay in deciding his mercy petition.
The NIA had completed its probe after questioning four Italian marines, who were witness to the killing of two Indian fishermen off Kerala coast
The National Investigation Agency (NIA)will file a charge sheet against two Italian marines accused of killing two Kerala fishermen, after getting sanction to prosecute them under a law which provides only the death penalty.
However, the charge sheet is unlikely to be filed before 3rd February by when the Centre has told the Supreme Court that it will resolve all disputes with the Italian government arising out of invoking the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against Safety of Maritime Navigation and Fixed Platforms on Continental Shelf Act (SUA) against the two marines.
The Home Ministry had given sanction to the NIA to prosecute the marines under the SUA last week.
Accused Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, who were on board Italian vessel ‘Enrica Lexie’ and now lodged in the Italian Embassy premises, allegedly shot dead the two fishermen off the Kerala coast on 15 February 2012.
The NIA completed its probe after questioning four Italian marines, who were witness to the incident, through video conferencing after their refusal to come to India.
The Supreme Court had shifted the case to Delhi, saying the Kerala Police had no jurisdiction over it and backed the union government’s decision to hand over the case to NIA.
The Italian government has already challenged before the Supreme Court invoking of the anti-terrorism law SUA, saying it is against the order of the apex court which allowed proceedings only under the Maritime Zone Act, Indian Penal Code (IPC), Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).