Delhi: Court gives kidnapper a chance to reform
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Last Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 18:57
New Delhi: The prison term of a 40-year-old man, sentenced to three years in jail for kidnapping a minor boy, has been cut by a Delhi court to 18 months and set off against the jail term, he already underwent during his trial since 2005.

Additional Sessions Judge Mahesh Chander Gupta gave the reprieve to convict Jaggu Sahu, saying he should be given a chance to reform himself and that he has suffered the rigour of trial since 2005.

The sessions court gave the legal succour to Shahu while upholding his conviction by the magisterial court but halving the prison term.

"The appellant is not a previous convict. He has been facing rigours of the trial since 2005 and even during this period he has not indulged in any criminal activity. He remained in custody for about 1 and 1/2 years during probe and the trial of the case and the pendency of appeal.

"I am of considered view that the appellant should be given a chance for reformation. As such order on sentence of November 3, 2010 is modified to the extent that the appellant convict Jaggu Sahu to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of 18 months," the judge said.

The court also said "the period already undergone by the appellant during the inquiry/investigation/trial of this case and during the pendency of the appeal shall be set off."

Sahu and his wife were convicted by a magisterial court in November 2010 for kidnapping a one-and-a-half-year-old boy and then concealing him in their home. Sahu had come in appeal against magisterial court's order, which had also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on him.

Counsel for Sahu had pleaded for reduction in his sentence saying the convict is a poor labourer and the sole earner in his family and is not a previous convict.


First Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 18:57

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