Additional district and sessions judge Roopam on Tuesday awarded life term to a 28-year-old graduate from Kurukshetra University for killing a 20-year-old resident of Sector 52 three years ago.
The convict Sanju alias Sandeep was held guilty of killing the youth after the latter had objected to the harassment of his friend’s sister by the convict.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict.
On the complaint of the deceased Varinder Singh’s uncle Sukhwinder Singh, the Chandigarh police had arrested Sanju in 2011.
Police said Varinder Singh had entered into an argument with a group of boys at a park near a dispensary in Kajheri village, Sector 52, Chandigarh, on December 1, 2011, after they had harassed his friend’s sister.
During the argument, Sanju had stabbed Varinder Singh in his stomach.
Soon after the incident, Sanju was apprehended by the crowd and handed over to the police.
Self defence theory falls flat.
In the court, Sanju had claimed that on December 1, 2011, Varinder along with four boys, had assaulted him and dragged him to a distance before he (Sanju) stabbed him (Varinder) in “self defense”.
However, the court found his reason “improbable” as he had not sustained injuries. Sanju’s claim of “sudden provocation” did not impress the court either.
The court held: “The accused has failed to prove his self defense theory. Only one inference can be drawn: the accused had no idea that the assault would lead to death and/or grievous hurt. It is quite apparent that the accused has cooked up the story and has exaggerated the actual turn of events.”