Delhi court convicts three men in 2009 Jigisha murder case

Jigisha-murder-caseNew Delhi, (IANS) A Delhi court on Thursday held three men guilty of kidnapping and killing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh in March 2009.

Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav said the prosecution had proved its case against the three: Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Baljit Singh Malik.

“It is abundantly clear from direct and circumstantial evidence that three convicts abducted Jigisha Ghosh for committing her murder,” the court said.

The court has fixed August 20 for hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence and sought a report regarding the behaviour of the three convicts during judicial custody.

Jigisha, 28, who was working with Hewitt Associate Pvt Ltd as operations manager, was kidnapped and killed on March 18, 2009 after her office cab dropped her near her home in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar around 4 a.m.

Her body was recovered on March 20, 2009 from a place near Surajkund in Haryana.

Later police arrested Kapoor, Shukla and Malik in the case.

The court convicted the three under Section 302 (murder), Section 201 (destruction of evidence), Section 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), Section 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), Section 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), Section 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), Section 482 (punishment for using a false property mark) with Section 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

The court also convicted Ravi Kapoor under the provisions of the Arms Act.

The court said that there are missing links and gaps in the prosecution case.

The prosecution cited 58 witnesses to support its case.

Jigisha’s parents told IANS that they are satisfied with the court order and said that justice has been done.

According to police, the weapon allegedly used in the murder also helped in cracking the murder case of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, who was shot dead on September 30, 2008 while she was returning home in her car from office in the wee hours.

Police said the three men were involved in the journalist’s murder and the motive behind the killing was robbery.

The accused had used Jigisha’s ATM card to buy expensive goggles, wrist watches and shoes from Sarojini Nagar Market, police said.

Timeline of 2009 Jigisha murder case

Following is the timeline of the Jigisha Ghosh murder case in which a Delhi court has held three men guilty.

March 18, 2009: Jigisha was kidnapped after her office cab dropped her near her home in south Delhi’s Vasant Vihar around 4 a.m.

March 20, 2009: Jigisha’s body was recovered from a place near Surajkund in Haryana

March 23, 2009: Delhi Police arrest three men in the murder case

June 2009: Delhi Police file chargesheet in the case against the three men

April 15, 2010: Trial begins in the case

July 5, 2016: Delhi court reserves its judgement in the case

July 14, 2016: Delhi court convicts the three men.

Medaram Jathara

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