Court awards life-impriosnment and fine Rs one lacs in murder case

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Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Rajesh Sekri today awarded life-impriosnment and fine Rs one lac to Vinod Kumar @ Beenu S/O Behari Lal R/O Bhadwal Tehsil & District Samba who was facing trial in murder case.
According to the prosecution story is that on 20.11.2009, complainant Parsidh Ram lodged a written report alleging inter-alia that accused Vinod Kumar alias Beenu S/o Bihari Lal his cousin brother is putting up separately in the old house of his father. That his father namely Sansar Chand S/o Inder Dass would occasionally sleep in the said house but regularly offer prayers in the Dev Asthan situate in the said house. During the investigation it surfaced that accused was real nephew of the deceased. They had a joint house. The deceased had constructed a separate house. However, there was Pooja Asthan in the old house and deceased would often to go to the said house to offer prayers. It came to the light that accused wanted the deceased to relinquish his share in the said house in his favour, to which the deceased was reluctant. On 20.11.2009, when deceased as usual went to the aforesaid old house to offer prayers, accused on account of old enmity, and in furtherance of criminal intention to eliminate his uncle, made a murderous assault on him. The accused, allegedly put a piece of cloth into the mouth of the deceased and the deceased was gagged to death. However, before the deceased breathed his last, he had screamed, some persons assembled on the spot and accused allegedly attacked and injured them too. A scissor was also recovered from the spot lying near the dead body and injuries of scissor were found on the dead body.
Additional Sessions Judge Jammu Rajesh Sekri after hearing Special PP Ajay Gupta appearing for the State whereas Adv KS Chib appearing for the accused observed that the crime committed by him is not of an uncommon nature and does not fall in the category of ‘rarest of the rare cases’, where collective conscious of the community is shocked to such an extent that it may expect award of death sentence to the convict. Therefore, there is no legal justification for awarding the extreme penalty of death sentence to the accused. With these observations Court awarded life-imprisonment and fine Rs 1 lac.

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