Srinagar: The Supreme Court of India has stayed the execution of an Ikhwani (government gunman) who was sentenced to death by a Kupwara court for murdering five persons, including four of a family, in north Kashmir in 1997.
“There shall be stay of execution of death sentence of the petitioner during the pendency of the appeal,” a Division Bench of the apex court comprising Justices Dipak Misra and V Gopala Gowda said upon hearing advocate Avijit Bhattacharjee on behalf of Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din Wani.
“Registry is directed to send a copy of this order to Central Jail, Srinagar, forthwith,” the bench added.
In September last year, the Jammu and Kashmir High Court upheld the death sentence awarded to Wani by the Sessions Court Kupwara in 2009.
According to the case details, Wani, who was working with army, had barged into the house of Mohammad Yousuf Ganie at village Vilkal in Kupwara on March 16, 1997, and opened indiscriminate firing on the inmates. Ganie, his wife and two minor children were killed in the firing.
Wani had then barged in another house in the neighbourhood and shot dead a policeman Mohammad Ishaq.
Wani was convicted by the Kupwara Sessions Court of the offences under Sections 302 (Murder) and 449 (House trespass in order to commit offence punishable with death) of Ranbir Penal Code (RPC) in August 2009 and sentenced to death.
Subsequently, he had filed an appeal against the judgment before the High Court and now he has moved Supreme Court against it.