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Prosecution seeks death penalty for accused

Ujjwal Nikam pressed for death penalty of the cab driver and his friend who were held guilty by the Pune District and Sessions court in the gang rape and murder case of Wipro BPO employee Jyotikumari Chaudhari.

Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam on Monday pressed for death penalty of the cab driver and his friend who were held guilty by the Pune District and Sessions court in the gang rape and murder case of Wipro BPO employee Jyotikumari Chaudhari. The pronouncement of the quantum of the sentence has been deferred till Tuesday.

The court of principal district and sessions judge,Anant Badar,had held the two accused Purushottam Borate (31) and his friend Pradeep Yashwant Kokate (25) guilty of abducting,raping,murdering Jyotikumari on November 1,2007.

Addressing a press conference,Nikam said,“I argued that the duo be given death sentence for raping Jyotikumari killing. Even on the last day of the case,the two have not shown any repentance for their actions,and after committing the heinous crime,the two had also misled the transport supervisor and cab owner on the whereabouts of Jyotikumari.”

Quoting a Sanskrit shloka,Nikam argued that there was no probability that they can be reformed,and so must be given the maximum possible punishment in the case.

After the duo were held guilty on Saturday,Nikam said the accused must be given time to think about about their say on the quantum of the sentence. The court,however,deferred the pronouncement of the sentence. Meanwhile,defence lawyer,Atul Patil,did not comment on Nikam’s argument for death sentence.