The dying declaration of a 22-year-old call centre staffer is what sealed the case against her jilted lover. And the man was sentenced to life.
Mandeep Kaur, an operation manager with Sai Telecom, was discovered screaming for help by a Police Control Room (PCR) van near Queen Mary School in Model Town III, North Delhi in 2007.
She was engulfed in fire.
The police doused the flames and rushed her to a hospital.
In her statement to the police, Kaur said her colleague Abhishek Sharma (24) had set her on fire.
Kaur had told the police that instead of dropping her at her house in Shalimar Bagh, Sharma took his car towards Model Town.
“He said that I did not love him and was in love with my boss,” Kaur had told an Investigating Officer (IO).
“After a heated argument he got out of the car, poured fuel on me and set me on fire.”
Before succumbing to her injuries on October 3, 2007, Kaur had recorded the same statement four times.
Observing the dying declaration of the victim, Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Chauhan said, “All the dying declarations are found to be reliable.”
“It has been established that the deceased had made these declarations in a fit state of mind, and on the basis of her personnel knowledge.”
The court dismissed the defence arguments that mere dying declaration of the victim was not sufficient evidence, and on the day of the incident Sharma did not accompany her.