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Mattoo case: SC judgement today

delhi Updated: Oct 06, 2010 01:30 IST
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The Supreme Court would pronounce its judgement on the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape-cum-murder case on Wednesday.

A bench comprising justices HS Bedi and CK Prasad would deliver the verdict on the appeal filed by the convict in the case, Santosh Kumar Singh, son of a former IPS officer.

Singh had appealed before the apex court against the October 2006 verdict of the Delhi High Court that sentenced him to death. The SC bench had reserved its judgement on July 29.

According to the prosecution, Singh had raped and murdered his junior from Delhi University’s law college in January 1996 at her residence in Vasant Kunj.

The trial court had on December 1999 acquitted Singh after holding that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), prosecuting agency, had botched up the forensic evidence against the accused under the influence of the accused’s father.

The HC had on October 27, 2006 reversed the trial court decision by holding him guilty of rape and murder.

Opposing Singh’s appeal, CBI has argued in favour of the HC verdict and said that it had correctly appreciated the evidence leading to his conviction.