The Supreme Court commuted the death sentence of a rape and murder convict from Madhya Pradesh and directed that he would undergo the life imprisonment of 25 years in actual.
Tattu Lodhi alias Pancham Lodhi was convicted and sentenced to death by a trial court for sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl and then murdering her in 2011.
The trial court verdict was upheld by the high court.
“We are of the view that the appellant (Tattu Lodhi) should be inflicted with imprisonment for life with a further direction that he shall not be released from prison till he completes actual period of 25 years of imprisonment”
– the court said in its judgment modifying the death sentence order passed by trial court and upheld by the High Court.
Referring to the evidence on record, the court said: “We find no good reason to interfere with the findings of the trial court duly confirmed by the High Court that the appellant-accused kidnapped the victim and after subjecting her to sexual abuse, throttled her to death.”