They were convicted on the charges of criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State under the IPC and some provision of the Explosive Substances Act and the Arms Act
The Karnataka High Court on Monday admitted for hearing the appeals filed by the State seeking the death penalty for six persons, who were convicted for their involvement in the 2005 terror attack at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). They were sentenced to life imprisonment by a fast track court in December 2011.
A Division Bench comprising Justice Dilip B. Bhosale and Justice S.N. Satyanarayana passed the orders after hearing the submissions of the State Public Prosecutor.
The State claimed that the case against the convicts came under the “rarest of rare case” category as described by the apex court in its guideline for imposing the death penalty.
These pleas would be heard along with the appeals filed by the convicts, challenging their conviction and sentence. Mohammed Razhur Rehman, a native of Andhra Pradesh; Afzar Pasha, Mehaboob Ibrahim Sab Chopdar, Norrullah Khan, Mohammad Irfan and Nazmuddin; all from Karnataka, were sentenced to life under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code.
The prosecution alleged that these people had links with the Lashkar-e-Taiba. They were convicted on the charges of criminal conspiracy, waging war against the State under the IPC and some provision of the Explosive Substances Act and the Arms Act. However, though were acquitted from the charges under Unlawful Activities Prevention Act, the State has appealed against it.
The court ordered issue of notice to the State government on a public interest litigation (PIL) petition, which complained that the transfer of police personnel and officials were made on the recommendation of ministers and legislators of the ruling party.
A Division Bench comprising Justice K. Sreedhar Rao and Justice B. Manohar passed the order on the petition filed by Karnataka State Police Mahasangha.
They claimed to have obtained copies of the recommendations sent by ministers and legislators to the Chief Minister and the Home Minister for posting a particular officer to a particular post. They got it through an application under the Right to Information Act.
The petitioner claimed that the government entertaining these recommendations was in violation of the Supreme Court’s order that made it mandatory to transfer police personnel only through the Police Establishment Board.
The court directed the State government to submit the list of reservation of posts of mayors and deputy mayors for various city municipal corporations for different castes by way of rotation for the next five years.
Justice Ram Mohan Reddy passed the order as he was not satisfied with the chart given by the State on the issue.
The court passed the order while hearing a petition filed by Ravindra Kumar, a councillor of Mysore city corporation, challenging the reservation of the post of Mayor of Mysore for the Scheduled Castes in the elections held earlier this year. He pointed out that the post should have been reserved for Scheduled Tribes as it was reserved for SCs for three terms earlier.