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Soumya case: SC postpones hearing on review petition, calls Katju for debate

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Soumya murder (L) Soumya's mother Sumathi. (R) Soumya

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Monday postponed to November 11 the hearing of the review petition in the Soumya rape-murder case, filed by the Kerala government challenging the apex court's verdict commuting death sentence of accused Govindachamy.

The court also asked former Supreme Court judge Markandeya Katju who had criticized the judgment in a Facebook post to appear before it post Deepavali for a debate. Justice Katju's Facebook post will be considered as a petition.

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Govindachamy, convicted in the sensational Soumya case in Kerala, escaped death penalty Thursday as the Supreme Court dropped murder charge against him and upheld life imprisonment for raping the 23-year-old woman.

The verdict came as shock for the victim's family which dubbed it as 'heartbreaking' and expressed anguish over the 'failure' of the state prosecutor to 'properly' present the case in apex court.

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