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Imprisonment till death for man

A city court on Saturday sentenced an accused “imprisonment till death” for the cold-blooded murder of the father of an eyewitness, reports Sumit Saxena.

delhi Updated: Mar 21, 2010 00:23 IST
Sumit Saxena

A city court on Saturday sentenced an accused “imprisonment till death” for the cold-blooded murder of the father of an eyewitness.

Sumit Nayyar, a Delhi University student then, had called the police after Jitender (36) alias Kalla shot dead a student leader in 1999.

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau noted that Kalla killed two people within one-and-a-half hour.

“The present case cannot be put on the same pedestal as other ordinary murder cases,” said the judge.

The judge said the double murder was committed in cold blood without any instigation.

The court also noted that by threatening and killing witnesses, the eyes and ears of a court are under attack, which is a serious concern.

The accused was earlier sentenced to life imprisonment for 30 years for the murder of Anil Bhadana, the then Satyawati College Students’ Union President in March 1999.

Kalla, while on the run saw Sumit Nayyar, an eyewitness, making a police call.

He immediately rushed to Sumit’s house in Mukherjee Nagar and pumped three bullets into his father Keemti Lal Nayyar (62).

The court said that the accused would first complete the sentence of 30 years in Bhadana murder case and then would further serve sentence for his entire life till death for killing Nayyar.

In case of life imprisonment, convicts are considered for remission of their punishment after serving 14 years

behind bars.

The accused was arrested on January 24, 2000, after evading police for over nine months. He is also facing trial for fleeing from police custody in August 2000.

The court also ordered that of the total fine of Rs 3 lakh slapped on the accused, a sum of Rs 2 lakh be paid to the victim's family.