New Delhi/Bangalore: The Karntaka High Court on Tuesday began hearing on a petition filed by Saibanna Ningappa Natikar, who is waiting to be executed after the President rejected his mercy plea on January 4 this year. Natikar is presently lodged at central prison at Belgaum in Karnataka.

Saibanna was sentenced to death in 2005 for murdering his second wife Nagavva and daughter Vijayalakshmi in 1994. At the time of murder, Saibanna was on parole from a life sentence for killing his first wife, Malakamma in 1992.

The Supreme Court on April 21, 2005 had upheld the verdict of the Karnataka High Court, which had confirmed death sentence awarded by the trial court. President Pranab Mukherjee on January 4, 2013 rejected Saibanna's mercy plea, which was pending since April 29, 2005.


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