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Two get death term for Jigisha murder; parents say justice done
A court here on Monday awarded death penalty to Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla for kidnapping and killing Jigisha Ghosh in 2009, saying the magnitude and brutality of the crime made it "a rarest of rare cases".
 
Additional Sessions Judge Sandeep Yadav also sentenced the third accused, Baljeet Singh Malik, to life imprisonment.
 
The parents of Jigisha Ghosh, who worked as an IT executive, welcomed the verdict and said that justice has been done to their deceased daughter.
 
"I had hoped for the two convicts to get death penalty and that is exactly what has happened," Jigisha's mother said.
 
The court imposed a fine of Rs 1.1 lakh against Kapoor, Rs 2.8 lakh against Shukla and Rs 5.8 lakh against Malik and directed that Rs six lakh be given to Jigisha's parents as compensation from the amount collected from the convicts.
 
"Offence in the present case was committed in cold-blooded, inhuman and cruel manner," the court said.
 
"Innocent, helpless and vulnerable victim remained in the captivity of convicts for hours."
 
The court said the convicts killed Jigisha even after she pleaded for her life and the convicts were satisfied only by brutally mauling her to death.
 
"In other words, convict behaved in uncivilised and barbaric manner against a helpless girl," the court said.
 
"It is in level, magnitude and degree of brutality, attitude and mindset of wrongdoer behind the crime along with other factors which makes it a rarest of rare cases."
 
Gruesome crimes against women are on the rise and showing leniency will send a wrong message to the society, the court said.
 
In awarding death penalty to Kapoor and Shukla, the court relied upon a report submitted by probation officer which recommended extreme penalty, observing that they cannot be reformed and rehabilitated.
 
The probation officer said Malik's behaviour was normal throughout the trial.
 
The court on July 14 convicted the trio under Sections 302 (murder), 201 (destruction of evidence), 364 (kidnapping or abducting in order to murder), 394 (voluntarily causing hurt in committing robbery), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record), 482 (using a false property mark) with 34 (common intent) of the Indian Penal Code.
 
Public Prosecutor Rajiv Mohan sought the maximum punishment for the convicts as they showed no remorse while killing Jigisha.
 
The convicts are also facing trial for killing journalist Soumya Vishwanathan and a taxi driver, the prosecution told the court.
 
Defence counsel pleaded for leniency, contending that the convicts were young.
 
Jigisha, 28, who was working with Hewitt Associates Pvt Ltd as an operations manager, was kidnapped and killed on March 18, 2009, after her office cab dropped her near home in south Delhi's Vasant Vihar around 4 a.m.
 
Her body was recovered on March 20, 2009, near Surajkund in Haryana.
 
Police later arrested Kapoor, Shukla and Malik for the crime.
 
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No admissions in Gujarat on basis of reservation for Patels
The Supreme Court on Monday said the stay of the Gujarat High Court verdict quashing 10 per cent reservation for the economically weaker sections will continue but no admission would take place on the basis of the quota was carved out in the wake of Patel agitation in the state.
 
While directing the hearing of Gujarat's appeal against the high court order, a bench of Chief Justice T.S. Thakur, Justice A.M. Khanwilkar and D.Y. Chandrachud said the August 4 stay order would continue along with the undertaking that no admissions would be made on the basis of 10 per cent reservation.
 
The Gujarat High Court, while staying its own judgment to enable the state government approach the top court challenging it, had recorded an undertaking by the Gujarat government that no admissions would be made on the basis of 10 per cent reservations.
 
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Witness revelry at Lalbaugcha Raja live on TV
Film and entertainment content house Shemaroo Entertainment has acquired the rights for live feed of Lalbaugcha Raja for mobile and direct-to-home (DTH) platforms, enabling devotees to watch the revelry live during Ganesh Chaturthi festivities.
 
The banner will distribute content of Lalbaugcha Raja, including video and images, to all the telecom operators and selected mobile apps. 
 
“We feel blessed as we are able to continue to share live video feeds from the Mandal of Lalbaugcha Raja to the devotees. Till date, we had been distributing the rights of the videos to different telecom operators to reach to our consumers, and this year we plan to expand our reach,” Jai Maroo, Director, Shemaroo Entertainment Ltd, said in a statement.
 
The company will be distributing the content to popular DTH operators as well.
 
"This will definitely enhance consumer experience,” Maroo added.
 
Fans can watch Lalbaugcha Raja live from September 5 onwards. 
 
Sudhir Salvi, Secretary, Lalbaugcha Raja Sarvajanik Ganeshostav Mandal, said: “It is a long association with Shemaroo Entertainment now and we are glad to work with them for the sixth year in a row.
 
"This year is all the more special as the videos now will not only be available on mobile phones of the consumers but can also be enjoyed on their television screens.”
 
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