A local court awarded life- imprisonment to self-styled godman Satinder Kumar alias Swami Sacchidanand on Monday, in the murder case of Kavita Rani, a resident of Shiv Nagar Mohalla in 2009.
The court also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 failing to pay which, he would have to undergo one more year of imprisonment in the jail.
In the first week of December 2009, Kavita (40) was found murdered in her house. At the time of the incident, Sacchidanand was residing at Bakkerkhana Road of the city, originally belongs to Qadian in Gurdaspur district and was a proclaimed offender as he was wanted by the Qadian police in a fraud case.
Notably, Swami had been delivering religious discourses on Aastha TV Channel.
Earlier, the murder case was registered against unknown persons under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on the statement of Som Nath, brother of the victim.
During police investigation, it came to light that Swami had taken Rs 4 lakh from Kavita by arousing her religious sentiments but eventually Kavita had come to know about the real face of the Swami, so she started demanding her money back from him on the pretext that she was in need of the money for the marriage of her son.
Fearing disclosure of his identity, Swami allegedly planned to eliminate her and as per his plan, he reached her residence and tried to persuade Kavita not to insist him for money or disclosing his past criminal record to the police.
Later, he killed her by strangulating her neck with the help of her scarf. After murdering Kavita, he covered her body with a bed sheet and scattered the household articles lying in the almirah and in the room to create a scene of burglary.
He was arrested by the police on November 4, 2014 and was in Gurdaspur jail presently.