The Delhi High Court has upheld the life sentence of three convicts in a 2001 murder and abduction case. A Division Bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Aruna Suresh upheld the conviction of Dharam Singh, Jaipal and Madan for killing a driver and kidnapping twin children of a garment exporter for ransom in September 2001.
According to the prosecution, the convicts had kidnapped four-and-a-half-year-old Rishabh and Subham, sons of Rajiv Aggarwal and nursery students of Bal Bharati school in Rohini, when they were returning from school in their Maruti Zen car on September 17, 2001.
They later strangulated the car driver, Sunil, and then called up the father of the children, demanding Rs one crore, the prosecution said, adding that police by tracing the phone calls and movements of Aggarwal apprehended the kidnappers at the time of his meeting with them.
Observing that the statements of the convicts, the recovery of body of the driver at their instance and the rescue of the children from the possession of Dharam Singh are “incriminating” evidence, the Bench upheld the conviction of the trio.
The court, however, acquitted three other co-accused Ashok Kumar, Sunil Kumar and Jai Bhagwan for want of evidence.