Mumbai, Jul 29 : Bombay High Court on Monday commuted the death penalty into life sentence of two convicts of 2007 Pune BPO gang rape and murder case on the grounds of "inordinate delay" in execution.
A division bench of Justices B P Dharmadhikari and Swapna Joshi passed the order on the petitions filed by the convicts Purushottam Borate and Pradeep Kokade, seeking a stay on the execution.
Both of them were to be executed on June 24, but the High Court on June 12 stayed the execution until further orders.
Advocate, Yug Chaudhary, representing the convicts, while talking to media, informed that the court in the judgement ordered that the duo should remain in the prison for a period of 35 years, after taking into account the time already spent and remission.
The two were convicted and awarded death penalty by a trial court in 2012 for kidnapping, raping and murdering a BPO employee in Pune in 2007.
In the petitions filed in May this year, the duo sought a stay on the ground that there had been an inordinate delay in deciding their mercy petitions by the Maharashtra Governor and the President and also in the issuance of the warrants for the execution of the death penalty.
They also sought the death penalty to be commuted to life imprisonment. (UNI)