Supreme court stays death warrant against Surat rape convict

Yadav was convicted for rape and murder of a 3-year old girl in 2018 in Surat.

Published: 21st February 2020 09:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st February 2020 09:09 AM   |  A+A-

Court Hammer, judgement, order, Gavel

Image used for representational purpose only

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: Questioning the issuance of black warrants by trial courts for execution of death penalty even before the expiry of 60-day time period for filing of appeals in the top court by the convicts, the Supreme Court on Thursday asked as to why such hurry was shown.

A bench headed by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde stayed the execution of the death warrant of convict Anil Surendra Singh Yadav, alleging that the black warrant was issued by a Gujarat sessions court just 33 days after his conviction was upheld by the high court. 

Yadav was convicted for rape and murder of a 3-year old girl in 2018 in Surat. “We want to know as to how such orders...are being passed by trial court despite a reported judgement in this regard...The judicial process can’t be allowed to happen like this,” the SC said. Senior advocate Aprajita Singh, appearing for the convict, said there was a mandatory waiting period of 60 days by law which must be followed in order to challenge the conviction under death penalty. The observation of the SC bench gains significance in the backdrop of the Nirbhaya case.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp