Man given life term for murder
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Last Updated: Monday, January 02, 2012, 16:57
New Delhi: A Delhi court has sentenced a man to life imprisonment for seeking to escape punishment in several criminal cases by portraying himself as dead by burning alive a vagabond and placing his own clothes on the charred body.

Additional Sessions Judge VK Bansal convicted Karma, a Punjab native, saying "it is a unique case, where the convict faced trial for his own murder."

"The facts emerged are repeated here again that he (Karma) killed one innocent person, who was sleeping on footpath, put his clothes on the person of that fellow and burnt him," the court added.

Detailing the convict's act of planting his identity card, wallet etc, the court said, "He has done it to screen himself from the punishment of crime of murder and other offences committed by him."

"Keeping in view all the evidence, in my opinion, there was a strong motive with Karma to kill some person and get that dead body identified as that of Karma," the judge said.

According to police, Karma was facing trial in seven other cases under various sections of Indian Penal Code, including attempt to murder, besides those of the NDPS Act and the Excise Act.

Karma along with co-accused Satnam killed a 32-year-old vagabond, sleeping on a footpath under influence of liquor on May 21, 2010 night, police said, adding they took him near Bhalswa Jheel and burnt him.


First Published: Monday, January 02, 2012, 16:57

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