Killing another in self-defence is one's right: SC

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    Killing another in self-defence is one's right: SC

    New Delhi (PTI): Thirty years after they killed a man, the Supreme Court on Thursday let off two accused holding that they were entitled to acquittal as the act was committed in exercise of self-defence which is permitted under the law.

    A person can kill another when there exists a reasonable apprehension that his adversary is going to cause him/her grievous injury even though he might not have actually inflicted any, the Supreme Court ruled.

    "In that event he can go the extent of causing the latter's death in the exercise of the right of private (self) defence even though the latter may not have inflicted any blow or injury on him," a bench of Justices Dalveer Bhandari and H S Bedi observed.

    The bench passed the ruling while dismissing an appeal filed by the UP Government challenging the acquittal of Gajey Singh and Rajpal Singh in a murder case that occurred on January 27, 1979 in Meerut town following an old enmity.

    In this case, Lakhi Ram along with a few others had gone to the place of Gajey and Rajpal where a scuffle took place and the duo was assaulted with sharp weapons.

    In retaliation, Rajpal at Gajey fired a shot resulting in the death of Ram.

    http://www.hindu.com/thehindu/holnus/001200903121621.htm
     
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    Considering thirty years in custody SC would have better quoted 'the person already had enough to make any further justice'.:sCh_coplight:
     

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