Dismissing an appeal for mercy,the Punjab and Haryana High Court today upheld the death penalty awarded to Khushwinder Singh,found guilty of killing six members of a family.
Khushwinder Singh was awarded death sentence by Kuldeep Singh,the district and sessions judge of Fatehgarh Sahib,on March 15.
Of the 13 appeals this year against death sentence awarded by lower courts,the Punjab and Haryana High Court commuted 12 to life sentence. This is the first appeal to be upheld.
The case pertains to June 2012 when Khushwinder Singh pushed seven members of a family,including two children,into the Bhakra canal to grab their money.
However,Jasmine (33) survived. She reported to the police that Khushwinder had killed her father Gurmail Singh (70),mother Paramjit Kaur (60),brother Gurinder Singh (34),her husband Rupinder Singh (35) and two children Jaskirat Singh (7) and Prabh Simran Kaur (5).
Additional Advocate General (AAG) Parminder Pal Singh Thethi opposed the appeal in the high court saying Singh is not fit to live in the society. On the other hand,Singh had submitted in his appeal that there was no direct evidence against him. This was countered by the AAG claiming that the prosecution had sufficient evidence.
Jasmines father,Gurmail Singh had received Rs 37 lakhs as payment after selling some land. received Rs 37 lakh as payment. Khushwinder Singh,a resident of Suhavi village in same district, ran a business of typing and deed writing in the local court and was aware of this transaction. The prosecution argued that he showed no mercy and did not even spare two children.
Had Jasmine Kaur not survived,Singhs crime would have not have come to light and he would have gone on to live a luxurious life,Sethi said.
Khushwinder was arrested after Jasmine reported the matter to Bassi Pathana police who also recovered Rs 36.70 lakh from him.