Mattoo case: CBI for upholding death sentence

CBI today told the Supreme Court that the death sentence awarded to Santosh Kumar Singh for rape and murder of Delhi University student Priyadarshini Mattoo was correct.

Last Updated: Jul 21, 2010, 17:52 PM IST

New Delhi: CBI today told the Supreme Court
that the death sentence awarded to Santosh Kumar Singh for
rape and murder of Delhi University student Priyadarshini
Mattoo was correct.

Singh, son of former senior IPS officer, was acquitted by
the trial court on December 3, 1999 but the Delhi High Court
had on October 27, 2006, reversed that decision by holding him
guilty for the offence of rape and murder.

In the hearing on the appeal of Singh before an apex
court Bench comprising Justices H S Bedi and C K Prasad, CBI
today commenced the arguments by saying that the High Court
had correctly appreciated the evidence leading to his
conviction.

Additional Solicitor General P P Malhotra, assailed the
trial court verdict by saying that despite appreciating
majority of evidences of prosecution, the accused was given
benefit of doubt which was later overturned by the High Court.

Singh, now lodged in Tihar Jail, has contended the
"acquittal by the trial court was correct and proper".

Senior advocate Sushil Kumar, appearing for 40-year--old
Singh, submitted the observation of the High Court while
convicting him did not find any basis against the evidence on
record.

Both sides are relying on the forensic and medical
reports to buttress their arguments.

Mattoo, the 23-year-old law student, was found murdered
at her south Delhi residence on January 23, 1996.

Justices R S Sodhi (since retired) and P K Bhasin of
the High Court, while setting aside the lower court`s verdict,
had termed it as "perverse" and sentenced Singh to death,
saying "he deserved nothing less".

Singh`s acquittal by Additional Sessions Judge G P
Thareja on December 3, 1999, had sparked an outrage as the
judge had said that he knew the accused had committed the
crime but gave him the benefit of doubt because of lack of
evidence.

PTI