Legal Correspondent

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of the death sentence awarded by the Delhi High Court to Santosh Kumar Singh, son of a former IPS officer, in the Priyadarsini Mattoo murder case.

A Bench consisting of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice R.V. Raveendran stayed the sentence while admitting an appeal filed by Santosh challenging the High Court verdict that held him guilty of raping and murdering the victim. The Bench issued notice to the CBI.

In his appeal, Santosh contended that the acquittal by the trial court was correct and that the High Court judgmentwas perverse and not in accordance with the various judgments of the apex court.

`Contrary to evidence'

He contended that the observations of the High Court were contrary to the evidence on record.

By its judgment dated October 27, 2006, the High Court, reversed the trial court verdict.

The murder was committed in 1996.