The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday stayed hanging of death row convict Saibanna Nigappa Natikar till January 29.

A Division Bench comrpising acting Chief Justice and Justice S. Abdul Nazeer passed the order on a petition by Saibanna.

The convict had moved the High Court after the President recently rejected his mercy petition.

The petition asked for a stay on the execution of the death penatly as he (Saibanna) has had to suffer for eight years on death row because of the delay in deciding on his mercy petition after the Supreme Court dismissed his plea.

The Supreme Court on April 21, 2005 had upheld the verdict of the Karnataka High Court, which had confirmed death penalty imposed by the trial court. President Pranab Mukherjee on January 4, 2013 rejected Saibanna's mercy petition, which was pending since April 29, 2005.

Saibanna, from Mandwal village of Gulbarga, was initially convited for life for murdering his first wife. While on parole in September 1994, suspecting the fidelity of his second wife, he killed her and her daughter.


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