On March 27, 2023 the Supreme Court released a death row convict, Narayan Chetanram Chaudhary on ground that he was a juvenile at the time of his arrest. Narayan convicted for gruesome murders in Pune where eight people were killed in 1994. Despite being on the death row, Narayan decided to educate himself. This journey led him to a path where he realised he was a juvenile at the time of offence, which was finally proved this year.
In this episode, Suno India's Menaka Rao speaks with Narayan and his lawyer, Shreya Rastogi. Rastogi who is the founding member of Project 39a and the director of Death Penalty Litigation in the organisation, which provided pro bono legal aid to Narayan and many others. This episode is about the alienation of accused persons in the legal system, and how Narayan fought his way out of it.
Project 39A — Death Penalty India Report
Supreme court judgement March 2023.pdf
Narayan Chetanram Chaudhary & Anr vs State Of Maharashtra on 5 September, 2000
Pratap Singh vs State Of Jharkhand & Anr on 2 February, 2005
Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act 2000.
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