A city court has given death sentence to a domestic help for the cold-blooded murder of his employee's 12-year-old son and 60-year-old mother-in-law in Vasant Kunj in 2007. The accused was caught red-handed by his employers teenage daughter.
Sentencing Mithlesh to death, Additional Sessions Judge S.K. Sarvaria said, "He betrayed the trust of his employer, who had left an aged woman and a child in his safe custody in the flat".
The court noted that the accused concealed the dead body of old woman in a wooden box and that of deceased child in a suitcase.
According to the prosecution, Mithlesh, a resident of Samastipur in Bihar, killed Karanveer (12) and his maternal grandmother Surjit Kaur (60) in their house at Vasant Kunj in south Delhi on March 2, 2007.
The prosecution submitted that Mithlesh killed the two before he started gathering the jewellery and cash in the house. But Karanveer's sister Meher Legha (15) returned from school early that day and caught Mithilesh red-handed. Meher asked him where her brother and grandmother were. Mithlesh said they had gone to Gurudwara and would be back in sometime.
Later he attacked her, but the girl managed to free herself and raised an alarm.
The accused, who was working as domestic help, first sedated his employer's pet dog and then killed them before decamping with valuables and cash, the prosecution had said.
Mithlesh tried to flee but Bhupendra Singh, the guard on duty at the D7 block caught him after a chase. He was handed over to police.
For her courageous act, Meher was given the national bravery award in 2008.
Besides Mehar, her parents had also testified in the case. Colonel Singh, Karanveer's father, had recently taken voluntary retirement from the Army, and had gone to the Gurgaon office of the Information Technology firm where he had taken up a job. His wife Manjit Kaur, a school teacher, was also not at home.
The court also noted that the accused had moved a false and frivolous application alleging that he was a juvenile despite admitting his age 20 years.