Allahabad HC extends stay on Surendra Koli execution till Jan 9

The Nithari killing convict Surendra Koli's execution of death sentence has been extended by the Allahabad High Court on Monday till January 9, 2015.

On October 31, the court had stayed Koli's execution till November 25 and thereafter it was extended till December 1. Later, the stay was extended till December 22. Now due to lawyers' strike, the hearing could not take place and the court passed the above order.

Hearing a PIL filed by People's Union of Democratic Rights (PUDR), a division bench comprising Chief Justice Dr Dhananjaya Yeshwant Chandrachud and Justice Pradeep Kumar Singh Baghel directed to hear this case on January 9, 2015.

In the PIL, the petitioner has challenged the orders of President and UP Governor rejecting the mercy petitions of Koli on the ground of excessive delay of three years and three months in deciding his mercy petitions.

On this ground, the PIL has sought commutation of the sentence of death to imprisonment for life. The PIL has further questioned the constitutionality of the execution of the sentence of death on the ground of delay on the part of the constitutional authorities, President and Governor, in disposing of the mercy petitions under Article 72 and Article 161 of the Constitution.

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