The Delhi High Court on Thursday commuted the death sentence awarded to two of the convicts in 2009 Jigisha Ghosh murder case to life imprisonment while it upheld life imprisonment for the third convict. The trio, Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Baljeet Malik , had been held guilty in 2016 under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code including murder, abduction and robbery.
Jigisha, an operations manager at Hewitt Associates Pvt Ltd in Noida, had been abducted on March 18, 2009, after she was dropped by her office cab at 4 am in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar. A day later, her body was found near Surajkund in Faridabad.
A Delhi sessions court had earlier in 2016 awarded death penalty to two of the three men convicted in the case. Pronouncing the verdict, Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Sandeep Yadav had said it was “abundant clearly” from “direct and circumstantial evidence” that the three men — Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik and Ravi Kapoor — had “abducted Jigisha for committing murder”. The convicts were also been held guilty of charges pertaining to destruction of evidence, forgery, robbery and common intention under sections of Indian Penal Code.
On November 20, 2017, the High Court had reserved its verdict on the appeal of the two convicts challenging the order.