The Delhi High Court has upheld the life sentence awarded to three persons by a trial court for kidnapping a boy six years ago. The convicts had kidnapped the boy,then 11 years old,for ransom.
A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and S P Garg dismissed the appeals of Mohamed Shahnawaz alias Tarik,Mohamed Wasim and Mohamed Tanveer against the lower courts order. Based on the boys statement the lower court had convicted the trio for kidnapping the boy for a ransom of Rs 25 lakh.
The bench rejected the argument of the three convicts that the boys testimony was full of contradictions and unreliable.
We have considered the contention but do not find any merit in the same. Several questions were put to the boy to verify and satisfy whether he was mature enough to understand the questions and respond to them. He has answered questions,which were put to him,quite logically, the court said.
His statement on the main and core aspects should be believed and accepted. For a child of about 11-12 years,he has shown incredible and commendable presence of mind to be able to recollect and state facts. Minor discrepancies or contradictions,which have been pointed out,do not in any way affect the boys credibility, the bench said.