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CA Murder case: All accused awarded life term

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, July 08, 2013
First Published: 12:15 IST(8/7/2013) | Last Updated: 13:16 IST(8/7/2013)

All four accused convicted for murdering CA Rajesh Goyal have been awarded life term. Rajesh Goyal was stabbed to death in May 2007 in his office in sector 42. Those awarded life term are share broker Kanav Arora, a resident of Sector 21; his employee Shiv Kumar, a resident of Nayagaon; “contract killer” Mandeep Singh, a call centre employee and a resident of Phase 10, SAS Nagar; and Ashwinder Singh.

As per the police, share broker Kanav Arora had allegedly paid Rs. 14 lakh “supari” for pocketing Rs. 1.9 crore taken from the victim.
 
The motive of murder

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A client of Rajesh Goyal, had purchased 77,300 shares of HCL Technologies through Kanav. At the end of the closing year, the company gave bonus of 1:1. Shiv Kumar, who worked for Kanav Arora, transferred shares into his account by making use of the deposit inspection slip of Iqbal Singh. He further invested the amount and incurred a loss of Rs. 25 lakh. Rajesh Goyal was asking them to return the bonus share money, which ran into crores, by selling the shares. A plan to eliminate Goyal was hatched so that they can pocket the money and recover the loss.
 
Complainant, witness turns hostile

The police registered the case on the statement of sole eyewitness to the murder, Kamlesh, who worked as peon at Rajesh Goyal’s office. Kamlesh, however, retracted afterwards from his statement given to the police while testifying in the court.

The police registered a case of trespass and murder on the statement of Kamlesh. He was in the office the day of the murder. In his statement, Kamlesh had told the police that Goyal had asked him to get photocopies of some documents. On his return, a person standing outside the cabin stopped him.

Kamlesh had said he had seen four men with blood-stained clothes coming down the stairs and leaving in a car parked behind the office.

Later, while testifying in the court, Kamlesh denied even being present on the spot or having seen anyone. In his statement recorded before the court on April 8, 2008, Kamlesh had stated, “I was neither present in the office nor have seen the accused prior to this. I have not given any statement to police, which claimed that I have seen the accused leaving the office. In fact, the police had asked me to sign some blank papers and have no knowledge that what was written on them. It was only after the arrival of the police that I came to know that Goyal was murdered.”
 
How the accused were nailed

The police failed to produce the statement of the complainant, Kamlesh. This “slip” on part of the police assumed significance as the complainant turned hostile. It was after an application filed by Sonia Goyal, widow of the victim, that the court summoned the magistrate before whom the statement was recorded.

The statement of the last-seen witness, Arvinder Singh, a resident of SAS Nagar, who had seen the accused coming down the stairs after the murder, also nailed the accused. He had identified all the accused in the court.
 
Case timeline

May 22, 2007: Chartered accountant Rajesh Goyal found murdered at his office in Sector 42, Chandigarh, in the evening.
May 22: The accused was arrested within hours after a PAN card was recovered from the spot.
April 8, 2008: Main witness and complainant in the case, Kamlesh, turns hostile.
July 4, 2013: Court holds all accused guilty.
July 8 2013: Court likely to pronounce quantum of sentence.

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