“Accountability must be fixed for the delay in the movement of documents related to appeals for clemency and the execution of death warrants, after those appeals were denied,” he said.
“Although there is no clarity in our (Indian) Constitution as to how much time the President should take to reject a petition for clemency, there is a need to amend the Constitution with a provision that such petition shall be deemed dismissed. , otherwise decided within six months of its presentation,” said Nikam, who as a prosecutor secured the death sentences of the Kolhapur sisters, Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit.
On Tuesday, the two sisters obtained a reprieve from death.
Recalling what began as a Nashik police investigation into a kidnapping complaint against the two sisters in October 1996, Suhas Nadgouda, then assistant state CID inspector and investigator, told TOI: “Renuka and Seema had held a grudge against their father, Mohan, and his second wife, Pratibha, after Mohan left their mother and his first wife, Anjanabai, and the struggle they faced afterwards.
The sisters tracked Mohan and Pratibha down to Nashik and offered them to forget the past and live together. They convinced Pratibha to let her daughter Kranti (9) accompany them on an outing and never returned. Pratibha’s kidnapping complaint led to the arrest of the two sisters. Anjanabai’s involvement came to the fore during their interrogation. They had strangled Kranti and dumped the girl’s body at Narsobachi Wadi near Kolhapur, he said.
Nadgouda, now an additional SP with the anti-corruption office, said: “The ensuing investigation led to shocking revelations of 13 abductions, nine of which (the prosecution alleges) resulted in murders, young children between June 1990 and October 1996 by Anjanabai and her daughters from places like Kolhapur, Pune, Kalyan and Mumbai.
“The trio kidnapped and used the children to gain public sympathy, in case they were caught pickpocketing at temples, train stations and bus stops. The idea of using children first struck them during the annual Chatushrungi temple festival in Pune when Renuka, who was carrying her newborn baby, was caught pickpocketing and managed to get herself out of it. the situation by showing his child to people,” he said. .
“While Anjanabai died in 1997 in judicial custody, her two daughters rarely showed remorse for their horrific deeds,” Nadgouda said. Kolhapur Court of Sessions convicted the two sisters of 13 kidnappings and five murders, among other charges.
Manik Mulik, who represented the two sisters in the Kolhapur court, said: “The HC’s decision to commute the death sentence seems appropriate given that a death row inmate dies every day he is in jail, waiting the result of a request for mercy. These convicts live an isolated life, barely manage to communicate with their relatives. Going through the trial process in the Supreme Court, the request for pardon and the additional expectation of execution disturbs the psyche of these convicts enormously.
(With entries from
Abhijeet Patil in Kolhapur)