The execution of Maganlal Barela, that was scheduled for today, has been stayed by the apex court till further orders.
As per reports, the Chief Justice of India P Sathasivam stayed his execution yesterday late night and today morning, it was extended till further orders. The last moment stay on his execution came after a few activists approached the CJI in this case.
Barela is serving his sentence in the Jabalpur Central Jail. SS Sengar, the Jailor said that they received the orders last night about the stay.
Barela's brother said, "We will be happy if the death sentence is turned into a life sentence. We don't know what happened in 2010."
In 2010, he was awarded death sentence after he was found guilty of killing his five daughters, aged between 1 to 6, with an axe, following a heated argument with his two wives over a property dispute in Kaneria village of Madhya Pradesh's Sehore district on June 11, 2010.
Reportedly, he also attempted to commit suicide but was unsuccessful.
Last month, the President Pranab Mukherjee had rejected his clemency plea.