The Supreme Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on a plea filed by the former Youth Congress leader, Sushil Sharma, against the death sentence awarded to him in the Naina Sahni murder case.

A three-judge bench headed by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam concluded the hearing on the petition during which Sharma’s counsel and senior advocate Jaspal Singh said the case did not fall in the rarest of rare category warranting capital punishment.

He submitted the conviction was entirely based on the circumstantial evidence and death penalty cannot be awarded to the convict.

Sharma was convicted for murdering his wife and then disposing of her body by burning it in a tandoor.

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