New Delhi: A Delhi court has framed charges
against an IIT PhD scholar who is accused of killing a
teenaged girl from Nagaland last year.
"There are prima facie sufficient evidence against
accused Pushpam Kumar Sinha to proceed with his prosecution
under section 302 (murder) and 201 (destruction of evidence)
of the IPC," Additional Sessions Judge D K Sharma said.
The framing of charges against the scholar would pave the
way for start of trial as the court fixed the matter for
recording of statements of witnesses.
Sinha, 34, who was doing research in wave mechanics from
IIT at Delhi, was arrested on October 25 last year for
allegedly strangulating to death the girl at her second floor
accommodation at Munirka in south Delhi.
Police had said in the chargesheet that the accused was a
"psychopath" and "pervert" who suffered from obsessive
compulsive disorder and cited opinions of medical experts and
psychiatrist on his mental health.
The accused, hailing from Patna in Bihar, is in judicial
custody since his arrest.
The girl, 19, was found dead at her residence and Sinha,
in an attempt to make the case of an accident, had put her
face on a gas burner, the chargesheet said.
The post-mortem report, however, suggested the girl was
strangulated, forcing the police to conduct an elaborate
inquiry into the incident.
The accused, during his interrogation, reportedly
confessed that he had strangled the victim at her second floor