HC to hear confirmation of death plea in Shakti Mills gangrape case

Thursday, Jul 17, 2014,20:44 IST By metrovaartha A A A

The Bombay high court today fixed October 31 as the date for the hearing of the petition filed by the Maharashtra government seeking confirmation of the death sentence to be awarded to the three convicts in the case of the gangrape of a photojournalist on the Shakti Mills compound in 2013.
The petition was come up for hearing before a division bench of the high court, which adjourned the hearing.
The plea was filed by the state on April 15, seeking that the death sentence of convicts — Vijay Jadhav (19), Mohammad Kasim Bengali (21) and Mohammad Salim Ansari (28), who are common in both the gangrapes that took place in Shakti Mills in 2013, be confirmed.
As per the law, a death sentence awarded by the trial court has to be confirmed by the high court.
The convicts have still not filed an appeal against their death  sentence.
Earlier, the  sessions court had  convicted Jadhav, Bengali, Ansari and Siraj Khan for raping a photojournalist on the deserted premises of the defunct Shakti Mills in central Mumbai on August 22,  2013.
Prior to the incident, they had gangraped a telephone operator in July.