Wednesday, July 14, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Khairlanji verdict: Dalit leaders ask Maha govt to move Supreme Court

Khairlanji verdict: Dalit leaders ask Maha govt to move Supreme Court
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 16:30 IST

Mumbai: Expressing dissatisfaction over the Bombay high court verdict
in the Khairlanji killings, Dalit leaders of Maharashtra today asked
the state government to appeal in the Supreme Court to seek death
penalty for the convicts.

The Nagpur bench of Bombay high court today commuted the death
sentence of six convicts in the Khairlanji Dalit killings case to 25
years imprisonment.

"The government should approach the Supreme Court against the
verdict... I will speak to chief minister on this issue," dairy
development minister Nitin Raut said.

The court verdict is unfortunate and the government should appeal in
the apex court, Raut, who is a prominent Dalit leader from Vidarbha
region, said.

Former minister Sulekha Kumbhare said she would speak to home minister
RR Patil and ask him to approach the Supreme Court immediately to
appeal against the HC ruling.

"We don't accept the HC verdict. Injustice has been heaped on Dalit
community. We demand death penalty for the accused," she said.

Former MP Prakash Ambedkar said the state government needs to take the
verdict seriously and appeal in the apex court to assuage feelings of
the Dalits who have been hurt by the HC ruling.

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