Three men were convicted for murdering and robbing IT executive Jigisha Ghosh in 2009 by a Delhi court which said it was “abundantly clear” that they had committed the crime.
Ms Ghosh, 28, was abducted by a group of men when she was dropped off by an office car at the entrance to her apartment complex in South Delhi after working the late shift at her call centre in Noida. She was forced into their car at gunpoint and made to share the pin for her ATM card.
Her body was recovered three days later from a place near Surajkund in Haryana, police had said.
The three accused – Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik and Ravi Kapoor – were convicted of murder, criminal conspiracy, abduction and robbery.
The recovery of the weapon used in the murder had led to the cracking of another murder case – that of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan. Soumya was shot dead on September 30, 2008 while she was returning home from office in her car, early in the morning.
After they were arrested, the police said that the same men had, six months earlier, in September 2008, shot TV news producer Soumya Vishwanathan who was driving home from her office, again, late at night. The men allegedly tailed Ms Vishwanathan and harassed her before shooting her in the head – the police says they most likely wanted to rob her.
While pronouncing the judgement, the judge said “they (accused) committed her murder and disposed of her body in bushes and circumstantial evidence makes it clear that it was these men who committed the crime.
“It is abundantly clear from evidence that they committed the crime. There is no missing link of crime (and) hence innocence is ruled out. It is proved on record that Jigisha did not return home on expected time on the day of incident.”
The court said it was proved that the three convicts had abducted Jigisha, robbed her of her gold chain, two mobile phones, two rings and debit and credit cards and killed her.
The court fixed August 20 for hearing arguments on quantum of sentence.