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Jigisha murder case: HC seeks responce from death row convicts

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought the reply of two death row convicts in the 2009 Jigisha Ghosh murder case, whose case file has been sent by the trial court in New Delhi for confirmation of capital punishment.

A bench of justices Gita Mittal and PS Teji also sought personal presence of convicts Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla, who were handed down death penalty by the trial court.

File image of Jigisha Ghosh. CNN-News18File image of Jigisha Ghosh. CNN-News18

File image of Jigisha Ghosh. CNN-News18

The bench, which has fixed the matter for further hearing on November 24, also issued production warrants to the two. The sessions judge had sent the case record relating to the conviction and death sentence of Kapoor and Shukla to the high court.

It is mandatory for a trial court to refer a death penalty case to a high court for confirmation of the sentence within 30 days of the pronouncement of the verdict.

The trial court had on July 14 held the duo guilty for murder of 28-year-old IT executive Jigisha Ghosh and other counts. While sentencing the two to death on 22 August, the trial court had said the girl was killed in a “cold-blooded, inhuman and cruel manner” and “brutally mauled to death”. It had said the magnitude and brutality exhibited by the convicts made the case ‘rarest of rare’, warranting capital punishment for Kapoor and Shukla. The third offender Baljeet Malik was given reprieve from the gallows for his good conduct in jail.

The three have challenged their conviction and order on sentence awarded by the trial court, on which the police were asked by the high court to file their response. Kapoor and Shukla in their appeal have said the trial court has “wrongly held that the case falls in the category of rarest of rare”.

Malik, challenging his conviction and sentence of life term through his counsel Amit Kumar, has said the trial court judge has “failed to appreciate that there were contradictions and discrepancies in the depositions of prosecution witnesses (PWs) and, therefore conviction and the sentence awarded to him is liable to be set aside”.

Shukla said the trial court has committed grave error by awarding death penalty to him, simply on the basis of biased jail/probation report about his client.

Jigisha murder: Two get noose, one escapes with life term

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Savita Ghosh heaved a sigh of relief when the judge pronounced death sentence to two of her daughter Jigisha’s killers and life to one. Her husband JN Ghosh, who has been living listlessly for the past seven years, finally lifted his head and looked up when the judgment was announced. Grateful, the parents left courtroom number 306 in South Delhi’s Saket district court with tears in their eyes.”I have been waiting for this day for the past seven years. The quest for justice has kept us alive all these years,” said Savita. “I know vengeance is wrong and my daughter will never return, but at least my heart got some solace knowing that her killers got the death penalty,” she added.On July 14, a Delhi sessions court convicted Amit Shukla, Ravi Kapoor and Baljeet Malik of kidnapping and killing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh. “No escape from the conclusion that the crime was committed by the accused persons,” additional sessions judge (ASJ) Sandeep Yadav had announced in the open court.All three have been held guilty under sections 364/302/201/394/468/469/471/34b of the Indian Penal Code. Kapoor was further convicted under the relevant sections of the Arms Act.On Monday, the court gave the death penalty to Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla, and life sentence to Baljeet.”Offence in the present case was committed in cold-blooded, inhuman and cruel manner,” the court said. “Convicts were satisfied only by brutally mauling her to death. In other words, convicts behaved in uncivilised and barbaric manner against a helpless girl,” he added. “The magnitude and brutality exhibited by convicts while committing the crime brings this case within the category of rarest of the rare case,” the court said.”This is a landmark judgment because for the first time death penalty was given in a case riddled and built around circumstantial evidence,” said HGS Dhaliwal, former deputy commissioner of police (South).This trial sets a precedent because for the first time, a sessions judge ordered a probation officer (PO) to prepare a pre-sentencing report (PSR), as mandated by the Delhi High Court, before he could award the convicts any punishment.A suitable punishment was then awarded based on the observations made by the PO in this report. According to the PO, claims of Kapoor and Shukla were “unsatisfactory” for various reasons. Both had multiple criminal charges against them, including convictions, and were involved in various violations within jail. Also, the duo can’t be reformed or rehabilitated and would “continue to remain a threat to the society”.The judge spared Malik of noose since the PO observed that he could be reformed. “If released, Malik planned to become a gym trainer to support his family,” the PO noted.All three convicts were imposed a fine of Rs 9 lakh under various sections of which Rs 6 lakh will go to Jigisha’s parents as compensation.Jigisha, an operations manager with Hewitt Associate Pvt Ltd, was kidnapped on March 18, 2009 after her office cab dropped her near her home in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar, around 4 a.m. Her dead body was found two days later in Surajkund, almost 18 kms away. Jigisha was robbed of her valuables, including ATM card, gold jewellery, and money.A week later, her killers were caught after a constable recognised Baljeet from the Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) at an ATM in South Delhi. Upon sustained interrogation, it was revealed that all three accused had also murdered television executive Soumya Vishwanathan.

Jigisha Ghosh murder case: Justice delivered in letter and spirit, says probe team head

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Senior police officer HGS Dhaliwal, whose team cracked the 2009 Jigisha murder case, termed on ‘s sentence to the three accused as “justice delivered in letter and spirit”. A local court awarded death penalty to two convicts and life term to another for robbing and killing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh in New Delhi in 2009.”The verdict in the case announced today by is justice delivered in letter and spirit,” said the then DCP(South) whose team had investigated and arrested the accused within a week.Dhaliwal, who is currently posted as deputy director general of Bureau of Civil Aviation Security of India, is no longer associated with Delhi Police but he has been in constant touch with Jigisha’s parents and was present in the court when the verdict was delivered.”Her parents thanked the police for cracking the case. They were under acute depression when the incident happened. Her mother says if not for police, she would have committed suicide. They had lost all motivation to live. We put a small team of lady constables and inspectors at their home just to support them in every sense,” he said.Jigisha’s parents were kept informed of all the developments in the case and even though it was painful for them to hear what their child went through, they knew that the right people had been caught, the officer said.Talking about the accused, Dhaliwal said, “They shared minute details and based on which there were substantial recoveries – the vehicle in which the crime was committed, the goods that were purchased. Even the credit card bill that the customer has to sign, their handwriting was verified. All those things are irrefutable. The CCTV footage was also recovered and all those things helped nail the culprits.”When the case was cracked, it was reported that a tattoo on the left wrist of one of the accused had helped the police catch them, but Dhaliwal said that traditional beat policing did the trick.”The tattoo had got a lot of traction. This was a case where lot of beat policing came into play. We had a combined meeting of all the police stations and we distributed coloured photographs of the accused to all the beat officers. Normally, there are pictures of wanted criminals pasted randomly on walls and people don’t pay heed to them but our staff carried the pictures of the accused for two days and would tell people how valuable their input would be. The input also came from a beat officer saying that he had seen someone similar to the man in the photograph in Vasant Kunj area. We developed those leads and when we caught them they told us the chronology of the events.”28-year-old Jigisha, working as an operations manager in a management consultancy firm, was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009 after she was dropped by her office cab in the wee hours near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi.

Jigisha Ghosh murder case: Delhi court orders death penalty for two convicts, life sentence for one

A court in New Delhi on Monday awarded death sentence to two out of three persons convicted for murdering and robbing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh in New Delhi in 2009.

Representational image. CNN-News18

Representational image. CNN-News18

Convicts Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla were awarded the death penalty while the third convict Baljeet Malik was sentenced to life in prison.

The Delhi Police had earlier sought death penalty for the convicts, saying they killed her for “pleasure” and showed no remorse.

Additional sessions judge Sandeep Yadav on Saturday had reserved the order on sentence after the arguments concluded and a pre-sentencing report (PSR) was submitted by probationary officer.

“Pre-sentencing report received…Copy has been supplied to counsel for the convicts. Arguments heard. Order on sentence to be pronounced on Monday,” the judge had said after hearing the arguments of prosecution, convicts and perusing the pre-sentencing report which gave details about the background of the guilty persons.

Working as an operations manager in a management consultancy firm, 28-year-old Jigisha Ghosh was abducted and killed on 18 March, 2009 after she was dropped by her office cab at around 4 am near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi.

Her body was recovered three days later from a place near Surajkund in Haryana, police had said.

The court had convicted the three culprits on 14 July this year. It had held accused Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Baljit Singh Malik guilty of the offences of murder, abduction, robbery, forgery and common intention under the IPC. Kapoor was also convicted for the offence of using firearms under the Arms Act.

While pronouncing the judgement, the judge had said, “they (accused) committed her murder and disposed of her body in bushes and circumstantial evidence makes it clear that it was these men who committed the crime.

“It is abundantly clear from evidence that they committed the crime. There is no missing link of crime (and) hence innocence is ruled out. It is proved on record that Jigisha did not return home on expected time on the day of incident.”

The court had said that it was proved that the three convicts had abducted Jigisha, robbed her of her gold chain, two mobile phones, two rings and debit and credit cards and killed her.

With inputs from agencies

Jigisha Ghosh murder case: Two convicts awarded death sentence, one sentenced to life imprisonment

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi court on Monday awarded death sentence to two of the three convicts in the March 18, 2009 murder case of IT executive Jigisha Ghosh. One convict was sentenced to life imprisonment.The three accused in the case—Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik and Ravi Kapoor—are also accused of murdering television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan on September 30, 2008 while she was returning home from her office.Jigisha, 28, was working with Hewitt Associate Pvt Ltd as an operations manager, was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009, after she was dropped near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi by her official cab around 4 am.The trial had begun on April 15, 2010 with examination of her father as the first prosecution witness.The court had framed charges against the accused under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act, dealing with murder, criminal conspiracy, abduction, robbery, forgery and using firearms.The recovery of the weapon allegedly used in the murder of Jigisha also led to the cracking of the Soumya murder case.Defence lawyers had sought lenient punishment for the convicts citing their family situation. However, Savita Ghosh, Jigisha’s mother, had said that the accused have committed cold-blooded murder, and therefore, should be given the death sentence…

Jigisha Ghosh murder case: Delhi court to pronounce quantum of sentence today

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>.A Delhi court will on Monday pronounce the quantum of sentence for all three convicts in the March 18, 2009 murder case of IT executive Jigisha Ghosh. The Delhi Police had on Saturday sought maximum punishment for all three convicts in the murder case. The three accused in the case—Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik and Ravi Kapoor—are also accused of murdering television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan on September 30, 2008 while she was returning home from her office.Defence lawyers, however, have sought lenient punishment for the convicts citing their family situation.During the argument, a defence lawyer representing Ravi Kapoor said that he was only 27 and suffering from a life threatening disease. He also has two small children to support, the lawyer added.Meanwhile, Amit Kumar, defence lawyer for Baljeet Malik, said during the argument on allocating quantum of sentence, that the court should consider giving minimum punishment to the accused, considering their age and previous conduct. “Considering their (accused) tender ages, there are chances that they should be allowed to come in the mainstream. On the basis of that, we have requested for minimum punishment prescribed under Section 302 of the IPC,” Kumar told ANI.On the other hand, Savita Ghosh, Jigisha’s mother, said the accused have committed cold-blooded murder, and therefore, should be given the death sentence. Jigisha, 28, was working with Hewitt Associate Pvt. Ltd. as an operations manager, was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009, after she was dropped near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi by her official cab around 4 a.m. The trial had begun on April 15, 2010 with examination of her father as the first prosecution witness. The court had framed charges against the accused under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act, dealing with murder, criminal conspiracy, abduction, robbery, forgery and using firearms. The recovery of the weapon allegedly used in the murder of Jigisha also led to the cracking of the Soumya murder case.

Parents, Delhi Police seek death for killers

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The quest for justice eluded Savita Ghosh, mother of murdered IT executive Jigisha, by another day as the judge fixed Monday for the order on sentencing.It has been more than seven years since Information Technology (IT) executive Jigisha Ghosh was found murdered in Surajkund, Haryana.On July 14, a Delhi sessions court convicted Amit Shukla, Ravi Kapoor and Baljeet of kidnapping and killing Jigisha Ghosh. “No escape from the conclusion that the crime was committed by the accused persons,” Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav had announced in open court.All three have been held guilty under section 364/302/201/394/468/469/471/34b of the Indian Penal Code. Shukla was further convicted under the relevant sections of the Arms Act.”I want the death penalty for my daughter’s killers. My husband and I died the day they killed our daughter,” said Savita. Counsel for the Ghoshs’ HR Khan Suhel along with Sayed Mustafa Khan, echoed their sentiments as they pleaded for the death penalty. Several judgements were cited to make their case.On Saturday, the Delhi Police sought for the maximum punishment of the death penalty for the three accused. “The accused have no defense. They are even facing trial in several cases including Maharashtra Control of Organized Crime Act (MCOCA),” special public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan said. They have a series of cases against them including three murders in the span of a month,” he added.The court heard arguments on sentencing after issuing orders for a pre-sentencing report (PSR) prepared by a Probation Officer (PO). For perhaps the first time, a sessions court judge has followed guidelines issued by Delhi High Court on pronouncing the quantum of punishment in a criminal case.The report submitted in court today, contains the behavioral and psychological profile of the three accused. It was extensively referred to by the defense counsels of the three accused while pleading their case for leniency.According to the report, Kapoor is suffering from a life threatening disease, comes from extreme poverty and has two children with an now estranged wife.Amit Kumar, counsel for Malik, submitted that his client was merely 20 at the time of the incident in 2009. He has served time in jail since his arrest and the jail authorities can attest to his good conduct behind bars. Malik like body building and the elders in his village believe that he should be given a chance at rehabilitation.However, the report for Shukla was less than satisfactory. According to the report, snippets of which were read out in court, Shukla is apparently running an extortion racket from within the jail premises.The defense pleaded for a reformatory approach and sought for a light sentence – which is life.Jigisha, an operations manager with Hewitt Associate Pvt Ltd, was kidnapped on March 18, 2009 after her office cab dropped her near her home in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar, around 4 a.m. Her dead body was found two days later in Surajkund – almost an hour away (18 kms). Jigisha was robbed off her valuables – her ATM card, gold jewellery, and money.A week later, her killers were caught after a constable recognized Baljeet from the Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) at an ATM in South Delhi. Upon sustained interrogation, it was revealed that all three accused had also murdered television executive Soumya Vishwanathan.Case so farMar 18, 2009: Jigisha was abducted by four men in a Santro car little away from her home after she was dropped by her office cab at 4 AM.Mar 20: She was found dead near Surajkund in Faridabad.Mar 25: Delhi Police nabs suspects four men for their alleged involvement in Jigisha’s murder. Cops also solve the murder case of TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, who was shot dead on September 30, 2008 while she was returning home by her car from office in the wee hours.June 2009: Police files charge sheet in court.Aug 10, 2009: Court fixes August 28 for hearing arguments on charges.Dec 5, 2009: Court frames charges against three accused in the case.Apr 15, 2010: Trial begins with recording of testimony of Jigisha’s father.July 5, 2016: Court concludes hearing final arguments, reserves judgement.July 14: Court convicts three accused for abducting, robbing and murdering Jigisha.Aug 20: A PO submits a PSR before the argument for sentencing commences. Counsels argue on the merits for sentencing.Aug 22: Court will decide the quantum of sentence for the three accused.

Jigisha Ghosh murder case: Delhi Police seeks maximum punishment for all three convicts

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Delhi Police on Saturday sought maximum punishment for all the three convicts in the 2009 murder case of IT executive Jigisha Ghosh.Delhi’s Saket court will pronounce the quantum of sentence for the three convicts on August 22.The three accused in the case – Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik and Ravi Kapoor – are also accused in the killing of TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, who was shot dead on September 30, 2008, while returning home in her car from her office in the wee hours.Defence lawyers, however, sought a lenient punishment for the convicts citing their family situation. During the argument, defence lawyer for Ravi Kapoor said that he was only 27 years old, is suffering with life threatening disease, having two small children.Meanwhile, Amit Kumar, defence lawyer for Baljeet Malik said during the argument on quantum of sentence, they requested the court to give minimum punishment to the accused, considering their ages and previous conduct.”Considering their (accused) tender ages, there are chances that they should be allowed to come in the mainstream. On basis of that, we have requested for minimum punishment prescribed under Section 302 of the IPC,” Kumar told ANI.On the other hand, Savita Ghosh, mother of Jigisha, said the accused have committed a cold-blooded murder and, therefore, should be given death sentence.Jigisha, 28, who was working with Hewitt Associate Pvt. Ltd as operations manager, was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009, after she was dropped near her home in Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi by her official cab around 4 am.The trial had begun on April 15, 2010 with examination of her father as the first prosecution witness.The court had framed charges against the accused under IPC and Arms Act, dealing with murder, criminal conspiracy, abduction, robbery, forgery and using firearms.The recovery of the weapon allegedly used in the murder of the IT executive had led to the cracking of the murder case of Soumya.

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