HC enhances sentence to life in acid attack case

The Karnataka High Court on Friday enhanced the six-year sentence awarded to a man convicted in an acid attack case to life term.

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 23:30 PM IST

Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court on Friday
enhanced the six-year sentence awarded to a man convicted in
an acid attack case to life term.

A division bench comprising Justice Manjula Chellur and
Justice Keshav Narayan upheld the state`s plea which sought
life sentence to Rajesh, who had been convicted to undergo six
year rigorous imprisonment in an acid attack on a 16-year-old
girl for rejecting his overtures six years ago.

Special Public Prosecutor HS Chandramouli in his appeal,
described the "trend of disfiguring a beautiful girl as very
dangerous" and pleaded that "the punishment given to the
person who had destroyed the life of a young girl was very
inadequate to the crime committed " and that should be
enhanced to life.

Accordingly the court enhanced the sentence to life and
also imposed a fine of Rs 5 lakh on the convict and further
three years rigorous imprisonment if he defaulted to pay the
fine.

PTI