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SC stays death penalty

Statesman News Service |

New Delhi, 8 August
The Supreme Court today stayed the hanging of a Madhya Pradesh man convicted for killing his five minor daughters in 2010 till further orders.
The death sentence of Magan Lal, scheduled to be executed in the morning in a jail in his state, was stayed for a day at a 7 August midnight hearing at the residence of Chief Justice P Sathasivam, on a petition by civil rights group, Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR).
At the midnight hearing, the chief justice also directed that the matter be brought before the court. A bench of CJI Sathasivam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai stayed Magan Lal’s execution till further orders when PUDR told the court that it had on 6 April stayed the execution of six death row convicts after their mercy petitions were rejected.
Magan Lal on 11 June 2010 murdered his five daughters, police said.
The trial court sentenced him to death on 3 February 2011  and it was upheld by the Madhya Pradesh High Court on 12 September 2011. His plea against the high court order was rejected by the apex court on 9 January 2012.