Soumya murder accused let off in car theft case

Last Updated: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 19:21

New Delhi: Two gangsters and key accused in
the sensational murders of TV journalist Soumya Vishwanathan and an IT executive have been let off by a Delhi court in a vehicle theft case on grounds of several unexplained "inconsistencies" in police probe.

Ravi Kapoor and his accomplice Amit Shukla were acquitted
of the charges of stealing a car and using it with fake number
plates. They are also facing trial for allegedly gunning down
the Headlines Today journalist, then 25, when she was driving
on the fateful night of September 30, 2008.

"There were a lot of inconsistencies on record, not
explained by prosecution. The doubt is raised regarding
recovery of case property (vehicle) at the instance of accused
Ravi Kapoor," said Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Rakesh Pandit, pointing out the faulty police probe.
"It goes in favour of the accused. Hence, both accused
persons namely Ravi Kapoor and Amit Kumar Shukla are acquitted
for the offence charged," the court said.

Kapoor and Shukla are also facing trial for murdering IT executive Jigisha Ghosh after robbing her.
In the auto-lifting case, the two were accused of
stealing a Tavera car of complainant Bansi Lal from Sarojini
Nagar area on March 15, 2009. They were also charged for using
fake number plate on the stolen car. The matter was reported
to police and Kapoor and Shukla were arrested on April 30,
2009.

PTI



First Published: Friday, November 25, 2011 - 19:21

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