Have full sympathy with Mattoos but no review: CBI

CBI has full sympathy with the family of Priyadarshini Mattoo, but has decided not to file an appeal against the Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence to life term of accused Santosh Kumar.

Last Updated: Nov 10, 2010, 13:57 PM IST

New Delhi: CBI has full sympathy with the family of Priyadarshini Mattoo, but has decided not to file an appeal against the Supreme Court verdict commuting the death sentence to life term of accused Santosh Kumar who had raped and killed the 25-year-old.

"C L Mattoo, the father of the victim Priyadarshini Mattoo, had sent a letter dated October 21, 2010 which was received by CBI on October 28. This letter and the judgement of the Supreme Court have been legally examined in the CBI.

"It has been decided to accept the verdict of the Supreme Court and not to agitate the matter any further. C L Mattoo has been informed accordingly," a CBI spokesperson said
in a statement today.

The CBI has full sympathy with the parents, other family members and friends of the deceased and fully appreciates the emotional trauma being faced by them, the
spokesperson said.

Mattoo had earlier expressed his disappointment over the CBI`s failure to file a review petition in the Supreme Court challenging the commutation of death sentence awarded to
her killer Santosh Kumar Singh.

The last date for filing the review plea expired on November five.

The father had alleged that it was a "pre-determined decision" by the CBI not to file the petition in the apex court.

"We feel disappointed... It has shocked us. After the verdict was pronounced by the judges of the Supreme Court, we were shocked about the lenient way they (CBI) have taken the case," Mattoo had said.

In the Priyadarshini Mattoo murder case, the CBI had
filed a chargesheet on April 11, 1996 against accused Santosh
Kumar and the trial court acquitted him on December three,
1999.
The CBI filed criminal appeal in the Delhi High Court
on February 29, 2000 against the acquittal order of the trial
court and the Delhi High Court on October 17, 2006 set aside
the acquittal order of the trial court and sentenced the
accused to death.

Singh filed an appeal in the Supreme Court which
upheld the conviction of Santosh Kumar on all counts but
commuted the sentence from death to life imprisonment in view
of the mitigating circumstances.

The CBI spokesperson said the Additional Solicitor
General appearing on behalf of CBI in the Supreme Court had
earnestly pleaded for death penalty to the accused.
Santosh Kumar, a law student in the Delhi University,
had raped and murdered Priyadarshini, a third-year law
student, in January 1996.

PTI