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SC denies Veerappan aides retrial

New Delhi, Jan. 3: The Supreme Court today declined to order a retrial of four aides of slain sandalwood smuggler Veerappan on death row, dismissing claims about slackness in the investigations and disclosure of fresh evidence.

“In every criminal case, there may be slackness. It may be Veerappan or the Rajiv Gandhi case. We can’t entertain these type of petitions,” Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, heading the bench, said. Justice Ranjan Gogoi was the other judge.

The order came after senior defence counsel Colin Gonzalves sought the re-trial on the ground that there was fresh disclosure of “slackness in the investigations” that had led to their convictions.