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Mohamed Thaver , Hindustan Times
New Delhi, July 07, 2014
A Mumbai sessions court on Monday handed life sentence to Sajjad Mogul, the security guard found guilty of killing 25-year-old lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha at her Wadala residence in August 2012. Observing that the crime did not fall in the 'rarest of the rare' category, sessions judge Vrushali Joshi who on last Monday found Mogul guilty for the murder, pronounced that the convict be imprisoned for the rest of his life.

While arguing for the quantum of sentence, the prosecution lawyer Ujjwal Nikam had last week argued for death penalty listing out ten aggravating circumstances that included the cruel nature of the crime and the fact that Pallavi's live in partner Avik Sengupta also died later because of the shock of Pallavi's death.

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The defence had argued for the life sentence, the minimum sentence, on the ground that Mogul was 22-years-old when he committed the murder and he was the sole breadwinner of his Kashmir based family.

On August 9, 2012, Pallavi, the daughter of an IAS officer was found murdered at her residence by her boyfriend Avik Sengupta who was residing with her at an apartment at Wadala.

The Wadala police registered a murder case and following subsequent investigations, the Mumbai crime branch arrested the watchman of the building Himalayan Heights where Pallavi resided.

The crime branch filed a chargesheet in the case in October 2012, stating that Mogul who had an eye on Pallavi, and had tripped her electricity meter deliberately. When she later called an electrician, he accompanied the electrician to Pallavi's residence and stealthily took the house keys.

Later he entered her house using the keys and tried to force himself on her. Pallavi put up a fight but he later ended up stabbing her and fled from the spot.

Avik, who deposed in the case, passed away due to natural causes in November last year.