New Delhi, April 8: The Supreme Court on Friday ordered a convict in a double murder case, who was released by an erroneous judgement by Delhi High Court consisting of “typographical errors” to surrender to jail authorities immediately. Hearing the plea of relatives of the victims, the apex court held that the convict will be given a fair chance to represent his case for bail.
A bench of Justice A K Sikri and Ashok Bhushan declined to stay High Court orders seeking a revision in the judgement following typographical errors. Senior advocate Prashant Bhushan, representing the victims in the case demanded that the convict should not be given any leniency and must be arrested by Delhi Police.
Jitender, a former Delhi University student, was awarded 30 years jail term by a trial court in one murder case and to remain in prison for the rest of his life in another. One case was with regard to the murder of a student union President of Satyawati College here and the other was for shooting dead the father of an eyewitness in the first case.
On March 10, 1999, Jitender had stormed into a wedding reception in north Delhi and had shot dead Anil Bhadana, the then president of Satyawati College Students’ Union.
The Delhi High Court on February 14, 2017 had modified its December order by deleting two sentences of its judgment that said the convict be sentenced “to the period already undergone of 16 years and 10 months” and that he “be released forthwith if not required in any other case”.
The Delhi High Court has asked policemen to protect the witnesses and the complainant in a murder case in which the convict was set free due to a typographical error in its judgement disposing of his appeal.
(With inputs from PTI)