A Gurgaon court Friday sentenced to death the Personal Security Officer (PSO) who shot dead the wife and son of an Additional Sessions Judge in 2018. The accused, Mahipal, was convicted by the court Thursday.
“The court has awarded him capital punishment under IPC section 302 (murder). In addition, in 201 (disappearance of evidence of offence) IPC, he has been awarded five years’ rigorous imprisonment and Rs 10,000 fine, and under Section 27 of the Arms Act, he has been sentenced to three years imprisonment and Rs 5,000 fine,” said Public Prosecutor Anurag Hooda.
During arguments in court over the last year, while the defence claimed the incident was a result of “accidental firing”, the prosecution alleged that Mahipal had “shot down two innocent people without any provocation”.
In his judgment in the case Friday, Additional Sessions Judge Sudhir Parmar has stated, “The kind of act leading to murder of wife and young son of a judicial officer has far reaching consequences. It has not confined its adverse effects on the society alone but is fraught with wider ramifications of sending shivers down the spine of holders of judicial office.”
“The horrendous act of the accused has not only taken away two lives but it has also the tendency to undermine the faith reposed by people in those who are supposed to safeguard them… The case squarely falls within the ambit of ‘rarest of rare cases’ doctrine,” he stated.
Defence advocate PS Sharma, however, said they would file an appeal in the case. “We argued for leniency… At most, it is a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder.”
The incident had occurred in October 2018, at the busy Arcadia Market in Gurgaon’s Sector 49. The PSO was accompanying judge Kishan Kant Sharma’s wife, Ritu, and 18-year-old son, Dhruv, to the market.
An argument ensued when they returned to the car, following which he allegedly pulled out his service pistol and opened fire on them.
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