Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought Delhi Police’s reply on appeals by 4 males, convicted within the 2008 homicide case of TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, difficult a trial court docket’s order holding them responsible and sentencing them to life imprisonment.

The Saket court docket had, in November, sentenced Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik, and Ajay Kumar, convicted to life imprisonment, whereas the fifth convict, Ajay Sethi, was sentenced to a few years imprisonment.

Last week, Malik and Shukla had filed appeals by means of advocate Amit Kumar in opposition to the trial court docket’s October 18, 2023, judgement convicting them and November 25, 2023 sentencing.

They had additionally sought suspension of sentence throughout the pendency of appeals.

On Tuesday, the court docket additionally requested the authorities to file a reply to the convicts’ interim software in search of suspension of their sentence, and posted it for listening to on February 12.

Recently, the excessive court docket had additionally rejected the parole plea of Kapoor.

Justice Swarana Kanta Sharma had dismissed the plea contemplating Kapoor’s in depth prison file, the severity of the offences, and his conduct throughout the jail premises.

Kapoor had sought parole for 4 weeks, citing household ties and a knee surgical procedure.

The court docket, nevertheless, mentioned that he failed to offer any supporting paperwork for the surgical procedure declare and famous his routine offender standing, being concerned in about 20 prison instances from 2002 to 2010.

While convicting the accused, the court docket had mentioned that the offence doesn’t fall within the class of “rarest of rare” instances, and had refused to grant the request for the loss of life penalty.

Kapoor, Shukla, Kumar, and Malik have been convicted beneath the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) provisions and Sethi for receiving stolen property. The police had attributed the motive for her killing to theft, and had invoked the stringent MCOCA in opposition to the accused.

On September 30, 2008, Vishwanathan was shot useless on the Nelson Mandela Marg whereas returning residence from work in her automotive.

Malik, Kapoor, and Shukla have been beforehand convicted within the 2009 killing of IT government Jigisha Ghosh. For Ghosh’s homicide, the trial court docket sentenced Kapoor and Shukla to loss of life and awarded a life time period to Malik. Subsequently, within the following 12 months, the excessive court docket commuted the loss of life sentences of Kapoor and Shukla to life imprisonment whereas upholding Malik’s life time period within the Ghosh homicide case.

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