Plea of remission of the convicts who ‘have already suffered incarceration for more than 25 years’ was also rejected.
The Supreme Court has confirmed the guilt of four persons accused of murdering an elderly couple in their flat in Calcutta on a Christmas Eve 25 years ago.
The convicts, who had appealed before the apex court against the high court dismissal of their appeal, have been in jail for 25 years, as they were sentenced to life imprisonment.
The bench comprising Justice AK Sikri and Justice AM Sapre also refused their plea for remission in further sentence, observing that such power is to be exercised by the state.
On behalf of the accused, it was contended before the apex court bench that the high court went wrong in giving undue importance to the testimony of one Raju Rao and based the conviction on such testimony in the absence of independent corroborative evidence in material particulars. However, the court observed that that there was sufficient corroborative material on record before the trial court for convicting the accused.
Rejecting the plea of remission, the court said it would be open for them to make a necessary representation before the competent authority.