The sixth additional sessions judge of the Special Court, L.F Malavalli, has deferred the pronouncement quantum of punishment to the convicts in the Badanaval Dalit killings case till Thursday.
Justice Malavalli, who on September 28 convicted 20 people accused of murder of three Dalits at Badanaval village of Nanjangud taluk in 1993, had initially posted the case for sentencing to September 30. It was later deferred till Wednesday.
According to highly placed sources in the police, the sentencing was deferred on Wednesday for security reasons as Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa was in Mysore.
The sources said that City Armed Reserve authorities expressed their inability to provide security to the convicts who had to be brought to the court, as the personnel were diverted for providing security at the Bharatiya Janata Party's State Executive Committee meeting.
A large number of relatives and friends of the convicts had gathered outside the court on Wednesday.
The murders had shocked the society and was a major embarrassment for the then Congress Government, led by M. Veerappa Moily.
The caste clash ensued between the two communities as ‘caste' Hindus opposed the entry of Dalits in to Siddeshwaraswamy temple.
The incident led to a public debate on the atrocities being committed against Dalits in the State.
Mr. Moily handed over the case to Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) for a probe.
On a complaint filed by a Dalit, the CBI submitted a charge sheet in February 1995.