Duo gets death sentence in Chopra murder case

Duo gets death sentence in Chopra murder case

Court further observed that the murder was for gain, otherwise there was no reason for the accused to commit the murder of five persons.

A local court here Wednesday awarded death sentence to a duo- Sangram Pardhi and Nanju- in much publicized Chopra murder case.

Principal Sessions Judge Jammu, RS Jain, awarded death sentence to Pardhi and Nanju after observing that there was an extensive premeditation and planning of both of them to enter the house of deceased Rajinder Bhushan Chopra, obviously with a motive to commit a crime.

“The extent of injuries suffered by the victims inevitably shows that they were attacked with an intention to kill” the court observed.

Court further observed that the murder was for gain, otherwise there was no reason for the accused to commit the murder of five persons.

“ This also reflected the killer instinct of the accused, who had disregarded human life,” the court said.

Observing that both the accused had come all the way from Madhya Pradesh to Jammu after well hatched plan to commit offence, the court said, adding the had already planned if during the commission of offence, there would be a need to kill people, it would be done and so, they had no hesitation in killing five persons.  

Observing that the instant case without a shadow of doubt falls in the category of the rarest of rare cases, where culpability has assumed the proportion of extreme depravity and lack of respect for human life, the court sentenced convict Sangram Pardhi to death for offence u/s 302/120-B RPC, declaring ‘he be hanged by the neck till death’.

The court ordered that the convict Nanju be sentenced to death for offence u/s 302/120-B RPC and ‘he be hanged by the neck till death’. The sentence of conviction imposed upon the accused persons was submitted to the High Court in terms of Section 374 RPC for confirmation.

Court further held that proceedings u/s 512 CrPc were initiated against accused Sanjay Kumar and general warrant of arrest had been issued against the said accused.

“As and when the general warrant of arrest against accused Sanjay Kumar is executed, the file may be requested from the High Court,” the court maintained. JNF