Over seven years after IT professional Jigisha Ghosh was kidnapped from near her house, robbed and later murdered, a Delhi court on Monday awarded death to two of the three convicts and sentenced the third to life term on the basis of circumstantial evidence.
The three convicted in the case are Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik and Ravi Kapoor.
They are also accused of murdering television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan on September 30, 2008.
Jigisha was abducted and killed on March 18, 2009, after she was dropped near her home in the Vasant Vihar area of South Delhi by her official cab around 4 am. The convicts robbed her of her gold jewellery, two mobile phones, and debit and credit cards. Her body was found three days later on the outskirts of Delhi, near Surajkund in Haryana.
She was working with Hewitt Associate Pvt Ltd in Noida, as an operations manager.
Ravi Kapoor, Baljeet and Amit Shukla were found guilty of killing her and using her debit card for a shopping spree at a popular market in the capital. They were caught on CCTV cameras buying watches, shoes and sunglasses.
With the examination of her father as first prosecution witness, the trial had begun on April 15, 2010.
The Delhi Police had framed charges against the accused under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Arms Act, dealing with murder, criminal conspiracy, abduction, robbery, forgery and using firearms.
According to media reports, the recovery of the weapon allegedly used in the murder of Jigisha also led to the cracking of Soumya murder case.
Amit Shukla was given a life term as he had pleaded for a lesser punishment as ‘he is suffering from a chronic disease and hails from a poor family”.