Four convicts in an attempt-to-murder case will have to pay Rs. 1 lakh each as fine besides serving rigorous imprisonment for seven years. The total fine amount of Rs. 4 lakh will have to be paid to the victim as compensation.
The Karnataka High Court on Thursday imposed the penalty on them while confirming their conviction and modifying the life imprisonment imposed on them by a sessions court in Mysore.
A Division Bench, comprising Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar and Justice C.R. Kumaraswamy, in its order also said the convicts — Devappa, Siddappa, Fayaz, and Kumar — would have to undergo three more years of imprisonment if they fail to pay Rs. 1 lakh each. The Bench ordered for setting off the period that they had already spent in the prison from the period of imprisonment.
Devappa of Anche village in Mysore attempted to kill his younger brother, Puttaswamy, in July 2007 along with the other accused persons, some of whom are his relatives. The prosecution had said that the crime was a result of denial of a share in the property to Devappa by his father.
The Mysore sessions court convicted them in 2010 for unlawful assembly with lethal weapons and attempt to murder, and sentenced them to six months’ simple imprisonment for other offences and to life for attempt to murder.