The CBI on Monday pressed for death penalty before the Delhi High Court for Santosh Kumar Singh, convicted for committing rape and murder of Priyadarshini Mattoo, a Delhi University law student, eleven years ago.
Appearing for the prosecution, Additional Solicitor General Amrendra Sharan submitted before a Bench of Justice RS Sodhi and Justice PK Bhasin that this case fell under the category of 'rarest of rare' cases because after assessing all circumstances, the offence committed by Singh was "diabolical, gruesome and brutal".
He also argued that the convict had stalked the victim for two years prior to the incident and made the life of Mattoo and her family miserable.
"Even the trial court in its December 1999 order had said that the killing was brutal and barbaric. Therefore, the convict deserves capital punishment," he said.
The Bench was hearing arguments on the quantum of sentence to be awarded to Singh, who has been held guilty in the case on October 17.
Countering the prosecution's argument, Singh's counsel RK Naseem submitted that the conduct of his client since the incident till conviction had been clean.
"Even while in jail for three-and-a-half years, his good conduct has been appreciated by the jail authorities," he said.
He also said that the convict was married and was having a two-year-old girl child besides a mentally-challenged elder brother.
In the light of specific responsibilities, a lenient view should be taken against him, he argued.