New Delhi: A Delhi court on Wednesday sentenced to
death a businessman for murdering his wife and two minor
children in 2005, saying the offence "shocked the collective
conscience" of society warranting capital punishment.
Additional Sessions Judge Ravinder Kaur sent Naveen
Ahuja (35), a sweetsshop owner, to the gallows and termed the
manner in which he killed the victims as the "rarest of rare".
"In the present case, in my opinion, it amounts to rarest
of rare case in which the collective conscience is so shocked
which expects for holders of judicial power centres to inflict
death penalty in view of the manner of the commission of the
offence by the convict," the court said.
"In my opinion, life imprisonment in the present case
appears to be altogether inadequate punishment having regard
to the relevant circumstances of the crime. Hence, I award
death penalty to the convict," ASJ Kaur said while rejecting
the plea for leniency.
The court allowed the plea of Additional Public
Prosecutor Satwinder Kaur Baweja for death penalty for the
convict saying that he killed his wife and two children in
the most "brutal and diabolic manner".
Ahuja`s counsel S P Mehta, on the other hand, sought a
lenient view of the court on the ground that the prosecution
failed to prove the motive of the crime and there was also no
personal enmity among them.
According to the prosecution, Ahuja, who was going
through financial crisis, first shot dead his wife Meenu using
a country-made pistol and then strangulated his daughter
Afterwards, he threw the body of his daughter and son
Manav (7) to ground from VIIth floor apartment at Dwarka in
southwest Delhi on July 18, 2005.