Additional Sessions Judge Rajesh Garg on Friday awarded seven-year rigorous imprisonment to one Jagdeepak alias Ashish who had allegedly mixed some addictive substance in the soft drink that left two employees of a jeweller unconscious before he fled with 2.4 kg gold. He was also fined Rs 1,000.
The incident had taken place in 2009. The convict and his two accomplices called a jeweller in Amritsar,informing him that they wanted to buy gold from him. When he sent his employees to a designated housing society in the city to finalise the deal,the accused looted their gold ornaments.
Pronouncing the orders,the court said the accused would undergo rigorous imprisonment of seven years and would have to pay a fine of Rs 1,000 under Section 328 of the IPC.
The court also awarded imprisonment of five years under Section 420 of the IPC for cheating and a fine of Rs 1,000,five-year term under Section 380 of the IPC for theft and a fine of Rs 1,000,and one-year prison term under Section 342 of the IPC for illegal confinement and a fine of Rs 1,000. These sentences will run concurrently.
The court held that in case of default of payment of fine,the accused would further undergo rigorous imprisonment of 15 days.
Police had registered a case on January 22,2009,against three accused,including Jagdeepak.
While Jagdeepak was convicted on Thursday,the two Jakson and Kabir were acquitted earlier for lack of evidence against them. Jagdeepak was arrested nearly one-and-a-half year after the fraud and he was found hiding in Pune under the name of Yadwinder.
The counsel for the accused argued before the court that the FSL report had found no substance in the soft drinks that were offered to the two employees of Amritsar-based jeweller Pradip Seth at a flat in Sector 20 following which they fell unconscious and the jewellery was looted from them. The defence also took a plea that since two other accused were acquitted,the court should set free Jagdeepak as well.
The counsel for the complainant,M S Rathi,contended that involvement of Jagdeepak was well-proven in the case and that a property dealer in Panchkula had testified that he had let out the flat in Sector 20 to the accused four days before the crime. The landlord of the Pune flat of Jagdeepak had also identified him.