Pradeep Kokade (25) and Purushottam Borate (31),who were sentenced to death for rape and and murder of 22-year-old BPO employee Jyotikumari Choudhary,have appealed in the Bombay High Court against their conviction.
In March this year,principal district and sessions judge Anant Badar had awarded death penalty to the duo after finding them guilty of abducting,gang-raping and murdering Jyotikumari in 2007.
Kokade and Borate challenged the death sentence in high court on April 24 and the appeal was admitted by the high court bench of justice V M Kanade and justice P D Kode on May 4. We have appealed to the high court to set aside the district court order, said advocate Rahul Kate,counsel for Kokade and Borate.
Jyotikumari,who hailed from Uttar Pradesh,was a science graduate from the University of Pune. She had joined the Wipro BPO (then called Spectramind) as an associate in December 2006 and was staying with her sister and brother-in-law in Panchavati area of Pashan. Around 10 pm on November 1,2007,the last day of her notice period with the company,Borate along with Kokade had picked her up in the office cab for her night shift. Her body was found next day near Gahunje village with cut marks on the right hand and strangulation wounds.
They took (the) helpless victim who was confiding (in) them to a secluded place and raped her turn by turn. Even after (the) commission of crime,both showed no remorse and went for the other pick-up. The accused were not under duress or domination of any other person but their acts were just for satisfying lust, the court had stated in the judgment.