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India court refuses to review death penalty for serial killer


NEW DELHI – India’s Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected a plea by a serial killer seeking review of the death sentence handed over to him.

Surender Koli, 42, was convicted of rapes and murders of young women and children at his employer’s house in Delhi’s Noida suburb in 2005 to 2006.

A three-judge bench led by Chief Justice HL Dattu upheld Koli’s death sentence saying they were “fully satisfied” that the supreme court had not committed any error that might persuade it to re-examine its order.

Report says Koli’s last legal recourse is that of filing a curative petition, seeking a review by a larger judicial panel.

“Unless the court puts a fresh stay on his execution following the plea, Koli is likely to be hanged,’’ it said.

Meanwhile, Koli has been sentenced to death in five of the 16 cases lodged against him so far.

It added that the Supreme Court, had in February, confirmed death sentence, saying “no mercy” should be shown to Koli.

President Pranab Mukherjee had also rejected his mercy plea. (dpa/NAN)

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