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Staines murder case: Life sentence for Dara Singh

Discussion in 'National Politics' started by Osiris, Jan 21, 2011.

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  1. Osiris

    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    The Supreme Court on Friday (January 21) dismissed CBI's plea for death penalty to Dara Singh, convicted for burning to death Australian missionary Graham Steins and his two minor sons in Orissa's Koenjhar district in January 1999. The apex court upheld life sentence awarded by Orissa High Court.

    After the SC verdict, Graham Staines close friend said that Dara Singh should repent for whatever he has done.

    “The SC has given its verdict and we are happy that justice has been given in any form. Life is very precious. If a person has done something wrong and the law has acknowledged it. It is for the court to decide what punishment should be given to the accused. The court has decided to give life imprisonment and we are happy that justice has been given," added Staines friend.

    Dara had filed an appeal challenging his conviction and the life sentence awarded to him. The appeals were admitted by the apex court in October 2005.

    On May 19, 2005, the Orissa High Court had commuted to life imprisonment the death penalty imposed by the sessions court on Dara Singh for the murder of Staines and his two minor sons -- Philip, 10, and Timothy, 6. Along with Dara, another person Mahendra Hembram was convicted in the case.

    However, the High Court had acquitted 11 others who were awarded life terms by the trial court in the case. Dara Singh and Mahendra Hembrom were found guilty of burning to death Staines and his sons, who were sleeping inside a van outside a church, at Manoharpur village in Koenjhar district of Orissa on January 22, 1999.

    The trial court in Khurda had in September 2003 convicted all the 13 accused. While Dara Singh was awarded death sentence, others were given life imprisonment. However, the High Court had commuted their death sentences to life imprisonment.

    Staines murder: SC orders lifer for Dara Singh- TIMESNOW.tv - Latest Breaking News, Big News Stories, News Videos
     
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    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    SC decries forceful religious conversions

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court, while upholding life imprisonment for Dara Singh and Mahendra Hembram, main accused in the killing of Australian missionary Graham Staines and his two sons in Orissa's Koenjhar district in January 1999, also came down heavily on Christian missionaries for indulging in forceful conversions.
    The bench of justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan observed that there cannot be any justification for interference in someone's belief while decrying forceful conversions.
    While delivering the verdict in the murder case on Friday the court observed that investigations reveal that Staines was involved in conversions and there are materials to suggest that the missionaries were indulging in forceful conversion in the area.


    Dara Singh's lawyer SS Mishra said that the missionaries were indulging in forceful conversions and his client just wanted to threaten them and not kill Staines.


    "There are materials which suggest that forceful conversion was there. However, so far as the material for conviction is concerned Supreme Court maintained the judgement of the High Court. There is no direct evidence, no one had seen crime done by accused. It appears that they had gone to threaten and teach them a lesson and not kill Staines," said Mishra.


    Staines and his two sons, Philip (10) and Timothy (6) were burnt to death while they were sleeping inside a van outside a church at Manoharpur village in Koenjhar district of Orissa on January 22, 1999 by Dara Singh and Mahendra Hembram.


    Both Singh and Hembram have been sentenced to life in the case.

    SC decries forceful religious conversions - India News - IBNLive
     
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    ^^^ a serious view on danger of forceful religious conversion by SC
     
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    SC should stick to the facts presented by defendants and prosecutors and judge a case on its merits.
     
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    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    that comments was based on merit of the case,crimes of graham steyns helped dara singh
     
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    Clear that Colts does not read newspapers. SC gave very forceful comments about conversion. Objectional activities of Staines were brought out in trial too. HC took them as provocative. SC has reiterated it.
     
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    Stains was not on trial, Dara Singh was. SC forgot that even if Staines activities were objectionable they did not warrant vigilante justice.

    People conveniently forget that Dara Singh also burnt two innocent children alive in that van (ages 6 and 10), that had nothing to do with missionary activities of their father.

    If it was up to the SC it would hold Graham Staines accountable for their deaths too.......... SC has become a joke
     
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    Dara Singh was on trial, I know dude. But what you don't know is that in his defence he brought out the provocative activities of Staines. SC has not acquitted him, but has rejected that it was case meriting death sentence, same as HC did. In fact, from HC and SC verdicts it is clear that the trial court was vigilante, which it should not be.

    Please widen and deepen your knowledge a bit.
     
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    Osiris Major SENIOR MEMBER

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    steyns not on trial,but motive of crime is important aspect in a judicial verdict,motive means circumstances or situations lead to the crime...
    "Dara Singh's lawyer SS Mishra said that the missionaries were indulging in forceful conversions and his client just wanted to threaten them and not kill Staines."and i think prosecution or investigative agency failed to present the counter point
     
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    Arun Shourie is an idiot.

     
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    Do not try to teach SC. The highest court knows exactly what it is doing. The supreme court judges are, I think, more familiar with court proceedings than you.
     
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    The missionaries need to be kicked out.:angry: SC ruling will have far reaching impact.

    Missionaries should keep their work limited to social/educational aspects. If they mess with anybody's faith, they should be bundled out.
     
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    SC has forgotten the role of independent judiciary and is meddling around by telling society how to behave that is none of their business.

    Judicial branch of govt is only responsible for interpreting law, not proactively telling society what to do.

    Why so afraid of missionaries? Do they make you feel threatened in any way?

    It is "mission" of missionaries to convert people to Christianity, hence the word missionary. If the faith of Hindus some is so weak that it can be influenced easily by few pamphlets and lectures then it is not their fault.
     
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    nope...what he said is a fact ,which now SC also accept
     
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