The Hush Post| 11:37 pm|one-minute-read|
In an unusual case and turn of events, relatives of two convicts, whose prison terms in a murder case were upheld by the Calcutta High Court years after their demise, have prayed that it direct Yamaraj, the God of Death in Hindu mythology to send them back to earth to serve their sentences.
The relatives have also urged the court that contempt proceedings be started against Yamaraj if he does not comply with the order.
The applicants prayed to Chief Justice TBN Radhakrishnan to recall a June 2016 order of the high court that had upheld a five-year prison sentence awarded to Samar and Pradip Chowdhury by Alipore sessions court in connection with the killing of a person in 1984.
One of the convicts Pradip died in 1993. the other convict Samar passed away in 2010.
In case of dismissal of the application, the petitioners — Samar’s son, Ashok Chowdhury, and Pradip’s widow, Renu — urged the court to “communicate its order dated 16.6.2016” to Yamaraj.
The court may direct Yamaraj to immediately bring the convicts “back to earth so that they can surrender before the trial court forthwith, and serve the sentence imposed on them in accordance with law”, the petition said.
The petitioners, who claimed to be daily wage labourers, also prayed for condonation of delay in informing the high court about the deaths of Samar and Pradip. They claimed that they could not arrange for lawyers to represent the cases earlier.
The plea added that in the event of Yamaraj failing to comply with the court order, the petitioners may be given leave to move an application for initiating civil contempt proceeding against the Yamaraj.
As per the fact sheet in the application, Samar and Pradip were involved in a clash near their residence in Garulia village under Nawpara police station in the then undivided 24 Parganas district in August 1984. One person was killed in the clash.
The two were convicted by Alipore sessions court in February 1987 for culpable homicide not amounting to murder. They were sentenced to five years” rigorous imprisonment and fined of Rs. 1,000 each.