The Delhi high court has upheld the life sentence awarded to a couple for killing in 2002 a man, who had been allegedly exploiting the woman sexually.
The court, however, acquitted the couple’s accomplice, who had allegedly given them a country-made pistol to kill the man, after finding no evidence against him.
The court, dismissing a joint appeal by Sapna Talwar and her husband Satyajeet, alias Lovely, against their conviction and sentencing by the trial court for killing Sapna's employer Vijay Kumar Bajaj in July 2002.
“In view of the testimonies of the witnesses, it is clear that the prosecution has been able to establish on record beyond reasonable doubt that both the accused, Sapna Talwar and Satyajeet have committed the offences under Section 302 (murder) r/w 120B (conspiracy) of IPC," the bench said.
It also convicted the couple on charges of destroying evidence as they had thrown Bajaj's body into a river in Ghaziabad, but acquitted them from the charge of kidnapping. "The appeal filed by the appellants is dismissed except to the extent that they stand acquitted of the charge under Section 365 IPC (kidnapping),” the bench said.
The prosecution said Bajaj had employed Sapna on Satyajeet's recommendation, but soon began exploiting her.
It said when Satyajeet came to know of his wife's sexual exploitation at the hands of Bajaj, the couple plotted to kill him and accordingly invited him to a hotel in Delhi on pretext of a business meeting.
Once Bajaj's reached the hotel, the couple persuaded him to accompany them to Ghaziabad where they killed him and then dumped his body in a river. They were arrested several days later from Lucknow.