GUWAHATI, Dec 24 - A Division Bench of the Gauhati High Court headed by Chief Justice (acting) T Vaiphei and also comprising Justice CR Sarma, has commuted the death sentence of Holiram Bordoloi to imprisonment for life, which means imprisonment till the end of his life.
The verdict of the Division Bench was passed in connection with the Writ Petition (Criminal) No 5 of 2014, said a press release issued by the Registrar General (In-charge) of the High Court.
It may be mentioned that the Sessions Judge, Morigaon, in Sessions Case No. 47(A) of 1999 held Holiram Bordoloi guilty of offence punishable under Sections 147/148/436/326/302 read with Section 149 of the IPC, and awarded him death penalty. The sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court of India through an order passed on April 8, 2005 in Criminal Appeal No 1063 of 2004.
After confirmation of the sentence by the apex court, Holiram Bordoloi preferred mercy petitions on April 18, 2005 before the Governor of Assam and the President of India. Both the mercy petitions were rejected in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
Taking the ground of inordinate delay (about 9 years and 3 months) in disposal of his mercy petitions, the convict Holiram Bordoloi approached the Gauhati High Court by filing the WP (Crl) No 5 of 2014 for commutation of his death sentence.