A 35-year-old man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court for strangulating to death a person in 2011.
The court sentenced Rudal, a resident of Chhapra in Bihar, relying on the statements of prosecution witnesses who had seen the convict with victim Madan Ram before he was found murdered in his house on May 23, 2011.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict and observed that even Rudal had admitted that he was present with the victim before his death.
Rejecting the defence counsel's argument of absence of motive, the court noted that if the entire chain of circumstantial evidence is complete, "the absence of motive is not going to snap the links in the chain of circumstance evidence."
"In the present case, the accused (Rudal) himself admitted to be present with the deceased (Ram) before his death and in view of the facts that circumstances of abscondence of an accused person is considered a strong link in the chain of circumstances evidence," the court said.