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Murder of Sahu siblings: Court says convict to be in jail for ‘the rest of his life’

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal also slapped a penalty of Rs 50,000 on the accused. The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal also slapped a penalty of Rs 50,000 on the accused.
Written by Shishir Tripathi | Chandigarh | Posted: February 18, 2014 7:46 am

Awarding life imprisonment to the convict in the double murder of siblings Gaurang Sahu (15) and Kavita Sahu (17), a local court on Monday made it clear that Rahul, the distant maternal uncle of the victims, would remain behind bars “till the rest of his natural life”.

Siblings Gaurang and Kavita Sahu were found murdered at their residence in Sector 41 on December 16, 2011. Rahul was arrested from Ambala on January 18, 2012. According to the prosecution, Rahul had murdered the two siblings as he wanted to get intimate with Kavita, which she had strongly objected to.

While awarding the sentence, the court of Additional District and Sessions Judge Shalini Nagpal also slapped a penalty of Rs 50,000 on the accused. Relying heavily on “circumstantial evidence”, the court held that “the scientific evidence adduced by the prosecution is very clear and convincing and proves guilt of the accused to a hilt”.

The prosecution had sought death punishment for the guilty. It was argued by the counsel for prosecution that 13 injuries were inflicted on the person of Gaurang Sahu while eight injuries were inflicted on Kavita with knife and an attempt was also made to sever their necks. It was contended that “by committing murder of two young children, the convict had caused immense trauma to their parents who had nothing left in their lives”.

However, the argument did not find favour with the court which took into account the “mitigating circumstance favouring the convict” that is his age (26 years), the fact that he has no criminal antecedents and prosecution case that he was addicted to drugs and liquor. “So probably he was not in a position to appreciate the criminality of his conduct,” the court held.

The court questioned the police for making a “conscious and deliberate attempt” to show that Rahul was arrested from Ambala. The court held that Rahul was arrested from Mumbai, and not Ambala.

Grounds of conviction

* A light blue sweater which was blood-stained was recovered from the scene of crime. The CFSL report stated “neither victim Gaurang nor the accused Rahul can be eliminated as possible co-contributors of the genetic material isolated from these items, thus confirming the involvement of the accused.

*  The CFSL examination again proved the involvement of the convict by examining the “loi” (blanket), clothes and knife recovered from the possession of the accused.

*  According to the prosecution, at the time of committing the crime, the accused suffered an injury in the ring finger of his left hand. In his disclosure, the guilty led the police party to the clinic of Dr Devinder Kapil from whom first aid was taken. Dr Kapil identified the accused and stated about the injury on the ring finger of continued…

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