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Priyadarshini Mattoo case: HC asks convict to give his edu details

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The High Court today asked Kumar Singh, who is serving life term for and murder of in 1996, to file complete details of his education.

The court noted that Singh has been pursuing the two-year LLM programme since 2012 and asked how long would he take to complete the course.

"File a detailed affidavit explaining the studies he has done in his life and in which year. For how long his education will continue? Let us be clear about his education," Justice said.

Making it clear that it was not stopping him from studying, it listed the matter for hearing on May 21. The court was hearing Singh's plea seeking to write the LLM exams, scheduled to start from May 22.

"For how long will your LLM go on? When this incident had happened, he had already completed LLB and was also pursuing some course in law at that time," it observed.

The convict's said Singh was doing LLM in two branches and has completed the course in one of them and pursuing it in the other. He also said that a person cannot be stopped from pursuing his studies.

During the hearing, government standing (criminal) opposed the plea, saying Singh was seeking to write the LLM exam and also attend the wedding of his in

Earlier too, Singh had sought parole on the same grounds and asked how many times his will get married, the said, adding it has become a trend among the prisoners nowadays to enrol in courses to get out on parole.

He said LLM was a two-year programme and the convict cannot be permitted to avail parole repeatedly to pursue the course.

The court had earlier sought response of the state on Singh's plea seeking the relief.

25-year old was raped and murdered in January 1996. Singh, a in University, was acquitted by the trial court in the case on December 3, 1999, but the had on October 27, 2006 reversed the decision, holding him guilty of and murder and awarded him death penalty.

Singh, son of a former IPS officer, had challenged his conviction and death sentence awarded by the high court.

In October 2010, the had upheld Singh's conviction, but reduced the death sentence to life imprisonment.

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First Published: Thu, May 17 2018. 16:50 IST
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