HIV-positive man gets life term in murder case
An HIV-positive man, who killed his friend in a drunken brawl in Ashok Vihar two years ago, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court.
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau awarded the prison term to the convict, who used to work with Municipal Council of Delhi (MCD) on contract, and also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on him.
The court refused to allow a plea of public prosecutor Taufiq Ahmed seeking capital punishment for the accused on the grounds that he took law into his hands following a minor dispute.
The court took into account several mitigating factors like the convict is HIV-positive and committed the crime on spur of the moment, under the influence of alcohol, to award him life imprisonment and not capital punishment.
According to rule, murder is punishable either with life imprisonment or death penalty.
"No doubt, all murders are most degrading and depraving but the case in hand certainly does not fall within the category of rarest of rare or least even in category of rare case," the court said.
It also noted that the murder of Rajbir had been committed because he tried to intervene in the quarrel going on between his friend Ravi Kumar and the accused.
The fact that the convict was facing charges in two pending criminal cases also went against him.
The convict, who was inebriated at the time, had hit Rajbir on his neck and face with the help of a broken beer bottle on December 19, 2008, at Ashok Vihar here. Rajbir died after he succumbed to the injuries.
While awarding the sentence to the accused man, the court also directed that a fine of Rs 50,000 be slapped on the accused and the money be paid to the victim's family as compensation.
Karnataka Animal Husbandry Minister Prabhu B Chavan appealed to people not to sacrifice cattle for the Bakrid festival while warning of stern action against the offenders. The Minister emphasised the Cow Slaughter Prohibition Act has already been in force in Karnataka. Generally, during the Bakrid festival, there is a tradition of sacrifice, for which livestock such as cow, ox, calf and camels are also used, said Chavan.
Chandigarh Chandigarh administrator Banwarilal Purohit on Wednesday gave in-principle approval for a synthetic running track at Sukhna Lake. UT adviser Dharam Pal, said, “The Chandigarh Heritage Conservation Committee had earlier given its go-ahead for the proposal. Next, the detailed plan and cost estimates will be prepared; and then, tenders will be floated for the project.” A UT official said the proposed track is part of the administration's efforts to give Sukhna Lake a major facelift.
The National Highway Authority of India has approved two over-bridges, which are likely to reduce travel time between Kalka and Zirakpur and alleviate traffic jams on the stretch by next year. NHAI has already floated tenders for the 60-m wide over-bridges, which will be constructed at a cost of ₹50 crore. It has invited bids for the “construction and site improvement of the four-lane national highway (NH-22) on the Zirakpur-Parwanoo junction.”
Fifteen students had a narrow escape after their school bus skidded into a waterlogged open drain in Daulat Singhwala village in Phabat area of Zirakpur. The bus, which was ferrying students of Blue Bird High School, Sector 16, Panchkula, was making way for another school bus when it skidded into the overflowing drain. The bus tilted in the drain, but passersby and parents were able to rescue the children through the driver's window.
Tricity residents woke up to heavy rainfall for the second time this month on Wednesday. Three people went missing after a taxi, shuttling two commuters, was swept away in a flashflood in the Patiala-Ki-Rao rivulet as the driver attempted to cross the causeway in Tanda Village near Nayagaon. The owner of the vehicle, Rakesh Kumar told the police that Gaurav had called him saying two people, travelling to Baddi, had booked his cab.