Tuesday, September 9, 2014

HC confirms death for Pune driver who mowed down 9 people

The Bombay high court on Tuesday confirmed the death sentence of state transport driver Santosh Mane over two and a half years after he went on a rampage mowing down pedestrians and motorists in Pune. Nine people were killed and 37 others injured in the incident.

A division bench of Justice V M Kanade and Justice P D Kode rejected Mane's plea of insanity and ruled that there was no chance he could be reformed.

"This is an exceptional and rarest of rare cases where the crime is so cruel, diabolical and revolting so as to shock the collective conscience of the society," said the judges. The high court has stayed its verdict for eight weeks to allow Mane to file an appeal in the Supreme Court.

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