The Supreme Court dismissed the plea of ​​Chilakaluripet bus burning accused IG News

K Gangadhar, News18, Guntur

The Supreme Court dismissed the petition filed by the convicts who were sentenced to death in the Chilakaluriper Bus Case of Guntur District. On March 8, 1993, convicts Gantela Vijayawardhana Rao and Satuluri Chalapathy Rao set fire to the bus, killing 23 passengers traveling in the bus. This incident created a sensation across the country at that time. The Guntur Sessions Court sentenced the convicts to death on September 7 of the same year. They approached the High Court in 1995 and the Supreme Court in 1996, but the respective courts upheld the judgment given by the Guntur Sessions Court. The convicts petitioned President Shankar Dayal Sharma in 1997 for amnesty but he refused.

On March 29, 1997, in the run-up to their execution, human rights activists and writers called on the President to stay the execution. It was postponed for more than four months. In August, when the stage was set for the execution, the then President KR Narayanan again petitioned for pardon. His death sentence was commuted to life sentence.

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Since then the convicts are serving their sentence in Rajahmundry Central Jail. They have recently filed a petition in the Supreme Court to reduce their sentence and release them saying that they are of good behavior and are suffering from health problems due to old age. A bench comprising Chief Justice Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice PS Narasimha and Justice JB Pardhiwala took up the investigation. The bench said that this petition does not deserve to be heard. Dismissed the petition stating that the petitioners can avail other legal avenues if any.

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