SC slams UP Governor, disapproves freeing Gorakhpur Man Convicted of Political Killings

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New Delhi, Dec 4: The Supreme Court on Monday disapproved of Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik’s discretion in ordering a premature release of Gorakhpur Murder Convict. 

A bench of Justices NV Ramana and MM Shantanagoudar said that this kind of cases “shock the conscience of the court”,  compel the bench to overturn the decision taken by the Governor.

“How can such convicts be released prematurely? He was given life term but he has served only seven years in jail. We are bound to intervene when cases shock the conscience of this court. We have to exercise our powers,” News18 quoted the apex court as saying.

Dismissing the plea filed by convict Markandey Shahi, the top court also expressed surprise that the Governor had exercised his constitutional power to free a person who has been convicted for four killings and has serious criminal antecedents.

According to the report, Shahi along with others had committed these murders in 1987 over political rivalry when Purvanchal was in the grip of musclemen politicians Harishankar Tiwari and Virendra Pratap Shahi.

The place of the incident now comes under district Maharajganj.


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