The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the death penalty imposed on a man for killing six relatives of his wife, including two minors, in Punjab’s Fatehgarh Sahib in 2012, terming the crime as “rarest of rare”.
The sessions court in Fatehgarh Sahib had sentenced Khushwinder Singh to death on March 15, 2013, and this was confirmed by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on September 20, 2013.
“In the facts and circumstances of the case, we are of the opinion that there is no alternative punishment suitable, except the death sentence. The crime is committed with extremist brutality and the collective conscious of the society would be shocked,” the bench of Justices A K Sikri, S Abdul Nazeer and M R Shah said, adding that it was of the view that the capital punishment imposed by the Sessions Court and confirmed by the High Court does not warrant any interference by it.
The court held that “in the present case, the accused has killed six innocent persons in a pre-planned manner. The convict meticulously planned the time…”