In a significant development, the Saket District Court in Delhi has handed down life imprisonment to four individuals convicted in the murder case of renowned TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan. The fifth convict, Ajay Sethi, received a 3-year jail term as part of the court’s decision.
Contrary to appeals for the death penalty, the court deemed the case unsuitable for such a severe punishment, asserting that it did not fall within the category of rare instances warranting such measures.
The order on the quantum of sentence in the Soumya Vishwanathan murder case was eagerly awaited, with the Delhi court reserving its decision after thorough arguments. Trial Judge Ravindra Kumar Pandey, following detailed discussions on Friday, announced, “Pronouncement of the verdict on sentence in the Soumya Vishwanathan murder case to be passed tomorrow.”
Highlighting the proceedings, the court acknowledged the submission of verification report affidavits by Delhi’s legal service authority (DLSA) concerning the conduct of the convicts.
During the court proceedings, the Public Prosecutor informed the court that, with the exception of Amit Shukla, the DLSA had issued a “satisfactory” report on the conduct of the convicts while in jail.
The tragic incident occurred on September 30, 2008, when Soumya Vishwanathan was fatally shot while driving home from work in her car around 3:30 am. The police investigation identified robbery as the primary motive behind the heinous crime.
This latest development in the case marks a pivotal moment in the quest for justice for Soumya Vishwanathan, bringing a measure of closure to a chapter that began with a shocking and senseless act of violence.