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Delhi court convicts five for murdering journalist Soumya Vishwanathan in 2008

Soumya Vishwanathan. File Photograph.

Within the 2008 homicide case of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, 5 individuals had been discovered responsible as we speak. Moreover, a Delhi courtroom discovered the defendants responsible of looting in accordance with the Maharashtra Management of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Akshay Kumar, Amit Shukla, Baljit Mallick, and Ravi Kapoor had been discovered responsible of theft and homicide. Ajay Sethi, the fifth accused, was discovered responsible of aiding the opposite accused.

On September 30, 2008, Soumya, a 25-year-old journalist for Headlines At the moment, was slain in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar whereas getting back from her place of employment. Her automotive contained her physique. She had been hit within the head.

After the decision, Soumya’s mom mentioned to the reporters, “We lost our daughter, but this will act as a deterrent for others.” She mentioned she desires life imprisonment for the convicts.

The primary lead that the police had within the case got here from their investigation into the homicide of IT government Jigisha Ghose, who was found lifeless in Faridabad many months after Soumya.

Shukla, Malik, and Kapoor had all been detained in relation to the dying of the IT government. Police found their connections to the Vasant Vihar homicide whereas interviewing them. Two extra accused had been then taken into custody.

The Delhi Police had acknowledged in its 620-page 2009 chargesheet that theft was the rationale for the homicide.

“They face expenses associated to forgery, homicide, proof destruction, and prison conspiracy. The 5 accused have additionally been hit with MCOCA, in keeping with senior police officer HGS Dhaliwal.

The Union Dwelling Ministry expanded the MCOCA, which was initially applied in Mumbai, to Delhi in 2002.

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