Relying on a police dog’s evidence, the Bombay high court has held a man guilty in a robbery and murder case and upheld the life sentence given to him by a lower court.
Another person was held guilty on the basis of a witness identification parade, while three others were acquitted in the case.
A division bench of Justices PD Kode and VK Tahilramani upheld the conviction of Ejabool Jan Mohammed Shaikh and Kathalya alias Ramesh Raja Chavan on the basis of an identification parade and “dog tracking evidence” respectively, and sentenced them to life imprisonment.
The bench said, “It is scientifically accepted that dogs are rated as extremely intelligent animals and some of their sensibilities are highly developed and are extremely reliable.” Manojkumar Gupta, Ashok Chavan and Chandya Pawar were acquitted.
All the accused had been convicted by a Sewri sessions court in 2007, and were given life imprisonment.
In the early hours of January 19, 2003, the accused had entered the ground floor house of one Vishal Mehta at Mamta Cooperative Housing Society in suburban Ghatkopar.
They killed Vishal's father Nautam, mother Hansaben and brother Jay in their sleep by hitting them with an iron rod.
Before entering the house, they had also murdered the building watchman.