Highest: Orissa HC Bench Settles 75 Cases on a Single Day

Cuttack: A division bench of Orissa High Court on Monday awarded judgments pertaining to as many as 75 cases. It is being said to be the highest single-day award of sentence by any division bench in the history of the Orissa High Court.

Most of these judgments were related to convicts facing murder charges under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.

The division bench of Justice Debabrata Dash and Justice SK Panigrahi delivered these judgments in 75 cases.

Of the 75 cases, convicts in 31 cases have been acquitted and convicts in 10 cases charged under 302 were commuted to 304 (1) of IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder), which attracts imprisonment of 10 years.

In 34 cases, the division bench of Justice Dash and Justice Dr Panigrahi upheld life imprisonment under 302 of IPC awarded previously by lower court in the marathon court proceeding in Orissa HC. Most of the cases were six to seven years old while a few cases were above 10 years old.

Earlier in September 2022, a bench comprising Justice Dash had delivered judgment in 32 cases in a single day, pertaining to mostly civil disputes.

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