A sessions court Friday convicted Ravi Kapoor, sentenced to death recently for the murder of IT executive Jigisha Ghosh, in another murder case. Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav convicted Kapoor and another convict, Ajay Kumar, for abducting, robbing and killing taxi driver Mohammed Nadeem in January 2009.
Less than a week ago, the same court had sentenced Kapoor and another accused to death for Jigisha’s murder.
In Nadeem’s case, Ravi and Ajay were convicted under sections 302 (murder), 364 (kidnapping), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery) of the IPC. Two other accused – Ajay Sethi and Mohammed Arif – were convicted under sections 413 (habitually receives stolen property) and 411 (dishonestly receives or retains any stolen property) of the IPC, respectively.
The incident dates back to January 7, 2009, when Kapoor, in connivance with the other accused, killed Nadeem and fled with his car and valuables.
Atul Kumar, the investigating officer in both the cases, said, “The Nadeem case gained significance as the grooves of the bullets in his case matched the gun recovered during the investigation carried out in Jigisha’s case.”
The police officer said the fact that Jigisha was killed a little over two months after Nadeem’s murder was an important link that helped police crack the case.
Following the conviction, the court directed the Delhi government to appoint a probation officer to prepare a report on the conduct of the accused before the pronouncement on the quantum of punishment. The arguments on the convicts’ sentencing will be heard on October 1.
In Jigisha’s case, for the first time, the court had asked for the conduct report of the convicts, including Kapoor. The reports were taken into consideration before the court sentenced the accused.
According to the report, Ravi, who is a common accused in the two cases and also in the murder case of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, has been regarded as someone who cannot be reformed and would continue to remain a threat to the society. This conclusion was instrumental in deciding the eventual death sentence that was awarded to him.
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