Court upholds realtor’s life sentence for murdering wife

March 16th, 2009 - 9:06 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 16 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday upheld the life imprisonment to a realtor for killing his newly-wedded wife in 2001.
Vijay Pal and his hired killer Vinod were held guilty of murdering Rajni (26) on Aug 13, 2001, barely four months after Vuijay Pal married her.

The trial court had in June 2008 awarded life imprisonment to both Vijay Pal and Vinod, based on circumstantial evidence. Pal’s complicity with the henchman was proved by the prosecution with the help of his mobile call records, which gave details of his being in constant touch with Vinod before and after the killing.

A division bench comprising Justices Pradeep Nandrajyog and Aruna Suresh upheld the trial court order of life imprisonment and dismissed the appeal of both the convicts.

According to the prosecution, Rajni was shot dead in a Honda City car by Pal and the hired killer while she was returning from her parents’ house.

Pal, a property dealer in Aya Nagar here, had gone to his father-in-law’s house at Wazirpur to bring his wife back.

He had contracted Vinod for Rs.50.000, of which Rs.10,000 was paid in advance.

The prosecution said that Pal was a womaniser and had affairs even after his marriage.

During interrogation, Pal disclosed he had earlier too tried to kill his wife April 1, 2001. He had taken Rajni in a Maruti car to Gurgaon and near Manesar driven down the wrong carriageway, which resulted in a head-on collision with a truck.

Rajni had fractured her limbs and ribs but Pal escaped with superficial injuries.

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