The police investigation and court proceedings were completed in a record time of nine months after filing of the charge sheet.
An investigation team led by DSP Ravi Kumar questioned 36 people and a chargesheet was filed within a week on August 21.
According to the Attur police, the accused was a harvest-vehicle driver and habitual drunker.
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The Malaysian national had also mounted a criminal motion to be assessed by an independent panel of psychiatrists, with a stay of execution in the meantime.
The high court said the reference received from the trial court will be heard along with the appeal filed by Ariz Khan against capital punishment.
Nimisha Priya, who was working as a nurse in Yemen, was convicted on charges of murdering a Yemeni national Talal Abdo Mahdi in 2017.
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A Division Bench of Justices S Vaidyanathan and G Jayachandran was satisfied that there was no infirmity in the order of conviction passed by the Pudukkottai Mahila Court on M Samivel alias Raja.
The boy, Anmol, was shot dead by the convicts, Manoj and Sunil, in an agriculture field on the morning of January 28, 2015.
The bench opined that it is not a fit case to award death sentence mainly because the investigating agency did not carry out DNA profiling.
According to the prosecution, the girl had gone to pick berries on August 4 last year when Ashok lured her to a field and raped her.
The activists demanded that focus remains on ensuring the certainty and swiftness of punishment rather than the severity of punishment.
A hearing to decide the quantum of punishment to the lone convict found guilty in the rape and murder of a 30-year-old Dalit law student in Kerala last year, was held in a trial court here yesterday.
Aziz said that when it comes to cases involving the death penalty, the international court has always given a stay order.
The decision comes after India on Monday sought the court's intervention for an immediate suspension of Jadhav's death sentence.