Convict passes away in jail before his SLP reaches Supreme Court

Soni Satti

Shailesh Mapari, a convict of killing his friend Sagar Chodankar died before his Special Leave petition could reach the Supreme Court.

Shailesh Mapari had appealed against his conviction at the Bombay high court. The court rejected his plea.

 A divisional bench while rejecting the Special Leave Petition (SLP) filed by Shailesh Mapari challenging the High Court order were “surprised” that despite the fact, Mapari had been in jail for over 16 years, his case is pending and had not been forwarded for remission. The Bench comprised Justices S K Kaul and Hemant Gupta.

The court in its order stated,

“This is an assistance which should be forthcoming from the Goa Legal Services Authority itself”, and “We thus, consider appropriate to direct that the case of the petitioner be taken up for consideration by the competent authority of the respondent state for release/remission in accordance with the norms of the respondent state”.

However, the court didn’t know that Mapari suffered a stroke in Colvale central jail and had passed away recently.

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