HCBA’s dissatisfaction over order of sentence

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 6/11/2019 12:37:57 PM

SRINAGAR, Jun 10: Jammu and Kashmir high court bar association (HCBA), Srinagar, today expressed its dissatisfaction over the order of sentence passed by a Pathankot court against three accused persons, who were found guilty of conspiracy, kidnapping, drugging, gang-raping and killing of an eight year old girl.
In a statement, the Bar said the court but has awarded them life imprisonment and fine u/s 120-B, 302, 376-D, 328 and 360 RPC. "The aforesaid accused persons having committed a dastardly act, therefore, they deserved a death penalty but the court has awarded them lenient punishment of life imprisonment, for no obvious reason," the statement said.
The statement added that the court has also convicted other three accused persons who are police officials under sections 201 and 343 RPC and has sentenced them to five years imprisonment and a fine of Rs. 50000.
"Though, these three persons being part of the conspiracy and being police officials deserved the punishment of maximum punishment prescribed by Section 201 and 343 RPC. The Court has also acquitted Vishal Jangotra, the son of Sanjeev Ram, the mastermind, by giving him the benefit of doubt, to which he was not entitled under law," the statement said.
It added that, however, notwithstanding the aforesaid lenient punishment awarded to the accused persons, the judgment pronounced by the Pathankot court is a slap on the face of all those, who try to communalize the crime and besides vilifying the victim, came out openly in support of the accused persons. The verdict is also bound to prevent others from committing such like acts on hapless victims and will also work as a deterrent against those, who derive pleasure in committing such beastly acts.
The Bar Association also appreciated the steps taken by the Pathankot court in completing the trial of the case within17 months, during the course of which it recorded the statement of 114 witnesses without availing a single holiday during the said period and after hearing the arguments of the respective counsel, pronounced its verdict swiftly, so as to ensure justice to the victim family.



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