The Delhi High Court has admitted the plea seeking the death sentence for Yasin Malik after he was convicted in a militancy funding case, reported Live Law.
The court listed the matter for 9 August and issued production warrants for Malik.
Malik, currently serving life imprisonment for the case, is lodged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
“Since the sole respondent Yasin Malik, inter alia, has pleaded guilty to a charge under Section 121 IPC which provides for an alternate death sentence, we issue notice to him in both the application (for condonation of delay) and the appeal to be served through Jail Superintendent,” the court ordered.
SGI Tushar Mehta responded saying: “He is pleading guilty very tactfully.”
“If Osama Bin Laden was tried here, he would have been permitted to plead guilty …”
Justice Mridul said: “We can’t compare this gentleman to Osama Bin Laden because he nowhere stood trial.”
Mehta said: “Possibly [the] USA was right.”
Justice Mridul responded, “We can’t comment upon that.”
Malik will respond to the plea by the NIA that argues it’s a “rarest of rare cases”. The HC also sought recommendations from the Law Commission on the death penalty.