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Matoo case: Chronology of events

The Supreme Court Wednesday awarded life sentence to former IPS officer`s son Santosh Singh in the 14-year-old rape and murder case of law student Priyadarshini Mattoo.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court Wednesday awarded life sentence to former IPS officer`s son Santosh Singh in the 14-year-old rape and murder case of law student Priyadarshini
Mattoo.

Following is the Chronology of events in the sensational case:-

  • Jan 23, 1996: Priyadarshini Mattoo raped and killed
    by Santosh Kumar Singh. Delhi Police register the FIR.

  • Jan 25, 1996: Case handed over to CBI. Agency
    registers case.

  • Apr 11, 1996: CBI files chargesheet in the case
    against Santosh Singh.

  • Jun 20, 1996: Date of committal of the case to
    Additional Sessions Judge General B B Chowdhury.

  • Aug 29, 1996: Charges framed.
  • Aug 11, 1997: Trial starts in the court of
    Additional Sessions Judge S C Mittal.

  • Jan 3, 1998: Prosecution evidence closes. 50
    witnesses examined by the court. No defence witness.

  • Apr 18, 1998: Arguments closed in the case but was
    marred by a controversy of allegations of money changing hands
    ahead of judgement. The case transferred to ASJ G P Thareja.

  • Apr 21, 1998: Case admitted by Thareja
  • Jun 1, 1998: Thareja summons two prosecution
    witnesses -- Inspector Lalit Mohan of Delhi Police and Prof G
    V Rao of Microbiological Centre.

  • Jun 1, 1998: CBI submits case diaries in court.
  • Nov 30, 1998: ASJ Thareja begins hearing defence and
    prosecution witnesses.

  • Mar 31, 1999: Examination of witnesses closes.
  • Dec 3, 1999: ASJ Thareja delivers judgement; Santosh
    Singh acquitted; CBI lashed for shoddy investigation.

  • Feb 29, 2000: CBI appeals in Delhi High Court.
  • Apr 26, 2000: High Court admits appeal.
  • Oct 17, 2000: High Court issues bailable warrant
    against Santosh Singh.

  • Dec 17, 2001: CBI files appeal for early hearing
    before High Court.
  • Nov 25, 2002: CBI files application before High
    Court for early hearing.

  • Feb 14, 2003: Accused files application for
    inspection of files.

  • Mar 25, 2003: High Court dismisses the application.
  • Jul 22, 2006: CBI files another application for
    early hearing.

  • Jul 28, 2006: Delhi High Court fixes August 31 as
    date for hearing.

  • Aug 31, 2006: High Court orders daily hearings in
    the case.

  • Sept 27, 2006: High Court reserves judgment in the
    case. CBI seeks action against five Delhi Police officials.

  • Oct 17, 2006: High Court convicts Santosh Singh for
    raping and killing Priyadarshini Mattoo.

  • Oct 30, 2006: Santosh Singh given death sentence by
    Delhi High Court.
  • Jan 23, 2007: Santosh Singh challenges conviction
    and death sentence in Supreme Court.

  • Feb 19, 2007: Supreme Court admits Santosh Singh`s
    appeal against High Court verdict and stays death sentence.

  • Jul, 2010: Day-to-day hearing on the appeal.
  • Jul 29, 2010: Judgement reserved.
  • Oct 6, 2010: SC upholds the conviction of Santosh
    Singh, but commutes the death penalty into life term.

    PTI

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