K.V. Subramanya

BANGALORE: Self-styled godman Swami Shraddananada, who has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his wife Begum Shakereh Namazi Khaleeli, is planning to approach the President seeking remission of sentence in view of the Supreme Court on Monday delivering a judgment that he should spend the rest of his life in jail.

Bangalore-based senior lawyer C.H. Hanumantharya told The Hindu on Thursday that Shraddananda had “expressed his desire” to petition President Prathiba Patil seeking remission of sentence. Mr. Hanumantharaya had appeared for Shraddananada before the trail court that convicted and awarded him death sentence and also before the Karnataka High Court, which had confirmed the sentence. Later, Shraddananada hired a Delhi-based lawyer and filed an appeal in the Supreme Court.

According to Mr. Hanumantharaya, while conferring life sentence on Shraddananada, the Supreme Court had “specifically and decisively” stated that he should spend the rest of his life in prison. If the apex court had granted remission, Shraddananda could have got bail or even walked out free as he had already spent 14 years in jail.

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