Management Students Sentenced to Life for Murder in India

by Gopalan on  June 13, 2008 at 5:15 PM Medico Legal News   - G J E 4
Management Students Sentenced to Life for Murder in India
An Indian court has sentenced to life imprisonment two students of business management for murder. It was a case of love triangle that ended in the death of the lover of one of the two accused.

Shalini Phansalkar Joshi, Additional sessions and district Judge of Pune in western India, on Thursday sentenced Aditi Basu Deo Sharma from Jammu and her boyfriend Praveen Khandelwal to imprisonment for life for murdering Udit Ashwinikumar Bharati in April last year.

Aditi and Udit had fallen in love with each other when the two were studying engineering in Jammu. And the two decided to marry after completing their management studies.

The two moved on to an institute in Pune. As fate would have it, when the girl Aditi met Pravin Premswaroop Khandelwal in the institute, fresh love blossomed in her heart. But Udit would have none of it, and he kept telling Aditi to stop meeting Praveen.

The new love pair managed to find jobs in Gurgaon later, leaving Udit high and dry. Udit kept pestering her though.

In April last deciding to put an end to it all, the girl returned to Pune, called over an unsuspecting Udit, told him that she and her friends had gone to Shirdi, a noted temple in the region and offered him prasad, temple offering.

No sooner did Udit eat the prasad that he started vomiting. He was rushed to a private hospital at Thergaon, where he died.

The police first registered a case of accidental death. However, a case under section 302 (punishment for murder) was registered after Udit�s father lodged a complaint against Aditi and Pravin. Forensic reports too said Udit had died of arsenic poisoning.

Actually the prosecution sought death penalty, but the judge noted that neither of the accused was a hardened criminal and that they had not committed the offence for monetary gains.

She sentenced them to life imprisonment �as the case did not fall in the rarest of rare category for imposing the death penalty.�

Source: Medindia

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