SC turns down Veerappan aides' plea

Last Updated: Sun, Feb 17, 2013 02:35 hrs

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has refused to hear on priority the clemency petitions of four associates of slain notorious sandalwood smuggler Veerappan who had moved the apex court for a stay.

The four had appealed to the court on Saturday to hear their plea for a stay on their execution on priority, expressing fear that they could be hanged as early as Sunday.

President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected the mercy pleas of the four associates of Veerappan, media reports said on Wednesday.

The four accused whose mercy pleas have been rejected are Gnanprakasham, Simon, Meesekar Madaiah and Bilavendran.

In 2004, the Supreme Court had awarded death sentence to the four associates of Veerappan in connection to the killing of 21 policemen in a landmine blast in Karnataka in 1993.

A Mysore court had earlier awarded life term to them.

Appealing against the life term, the Karnataka government had moved the Supreme Court and filed a petition.

They filed the mercy pleas in 2004.

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