Soumya murder case: ‘Will take steps to ensure death penalty for the culprit’ says Kerala govt


A day after the Supreme Court refused to confirm capital punishment to Govindachamy in the Soumya rape and murder case, the state government on Friday assured that it would take all steps to ensure that he gets the death penalty.
Law minister A K Balan said that rape, robbery, violence and injury all have been proven in the case. The only point of contention is over the killing of Soumya and whether the killing was intentional, he said. "There's no doubt on what has led to the killing of Soumya. Now the government is committed to proving this before the court,'' he said.

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Balan said he was holding discussions with chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan and advocate general Sudhakara Prasad on the need for changing the state's counsel in the apex court. The government is also debating whether to submit a rectification petition or a review petition.

The law minister who reached New Delhi on Friday said the government has decided to seek opinion from the best available legal experts in the country before submitting the petition in the Supreme Court. There will be no delay in submitting the petition, he added.

The minister, however, ruled out reports that the CPM stand on capital punishment was causing a hindrance in this case. "This should not be clubbed with cases in which the LDF has been against capital punishment. In this, we are committed to getting capital punishment to the accused," he said.

Meanwhile, former chief minister V S Achuthanandan said that the CPM is against capital punishment. But it was natural that public sentiments will be aroused in cases like the Soumya murder cases and these should be treated as a form of protest by the people, he added.

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