Supreme Court stays execution of blast convict

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday stayed the execution of death penalty awarded to a convict in the 23-year-old case of a bomb blast in a bus in Rajasthan’s Dausa district.

A bench of Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justice BR Gavai and Justice Surya Kant ordered that Abdul Hameed be not executed until further orders and agreed to hear his appeal against the Rajasthan High Court judgement upholding his death penalty in the 1996 terror attack case.

“Until further orders, there shall be a stay of operation of the impugned judgment(s) and order(s) passed by the High Court and stay of execution of the death sentence. List these matters after four weeks. In the meantime, the Registry of this Court is directed to call the Original Record of these appeals from the courts below,” the bench said.

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