SC upholds life imprisonment for ragging related murder
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Last Updated: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 22:14
New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the life imprisonment of a Tamil Nadu medical student who murdered a fellow student Navarasu in a gruesome manner after the victim had resisted his ragging.

A bench of justices Dalveer Bhandari and Mukundakam Sharma reversed the acquittal order passed by the Madras High Court and restored the "double life" imprisonment of John David.

The apex court accepted the submission of Tamil Nadu's counsel S Thananjeyan that the prosecution had established beyond doubt the involvement of David in the gruesome murder after which he dismembered the body into several pieces and dumped it.

The case of the prosecution was that David, a senior medical student used to rag the victim Navarasu, son of the then Madras University Vice Chancellor Ponnuswamy.

The two reportedly had a fight on November 6, 1996, when David is alleged to have killed Navarsu. Thereafter, it was alleged that David chopped the body into pieces and threw the severed head into the canal of the university.

The torso was carried in a suitcase and dumped in a state-owned bus at Chennai. The limbs were thrown at Puducherry en route to Chennai, the prosecution claimed.

On the basis of circumstantial evidence, the sessions court had sentenced David to life imprisonment but the Madras High Court acquitted him due to lack of sufficient evidence.

Aggrieved, the state had appealed against David's aquittal in the apex court.


First Published: Wednesday, April 20, 2011, 22:14

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