The final verdict in the high-profile Papiya Ghosh murder case came on expected lines on Friday. While Shankar Sah, the mastermind behind the gruesome murder, was given the death sentence, his three accomplices were awarded life-term. Another accused, Ram Chandra Mahto, was sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Fast track court judge Om Prakash had found the four main accused — Anil Oraon, Manohar Kumar, Shankar Sah and Ashish Kumar Rai — guilty under Sections 396 (dacoity with murder) and 412 (dishonestly receiving property stolen in commission of a dacoity) of the Indian Penal Code on Thursday and announced to pronounce the quantum of punishment on Friday.
The fifth accused advocate Ramchandra Mahto, was held guilty under Section 414 (assisting in concealment of stolen property) of the IPC for receiving articles stolen from the house of the slain Patna University teacher Prof Ghosh. The court also imposed a fine of Rs 5,000 each on the three accused awarded life imprisonment.
The judge pronounced the verdict in a jam-packed court on Friday afternoon. While the four convicted persons were sent to the Beur Central Jail under tight security, advocate Mahto was granted bail. Prof Ghosh, a prominent history teacher of prestigious Patna University, was murdered in cold blood with her domestic help Malti Devi in her posh Patliputra Colony residence in December 2006.