Ex-Army personnel gets life term for killing son



New Delhi: A retired Army man has been sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court for killing his son when he was asked not to fight with victim's mother.

Additional Sessions Judge Rajneesh Kumar Gupta handed down the jail term to 66-year-old Shish Ram for killing his son, holding that the deceased was only pursuing his father not to quarrel, but the convict shot him dead with his gun in a "cruel and unusual manner."

"From the evidence of prosecution witnesses (the accused wife and minor grand son), it is proved that the deceased was only pursuing the accused (Ram) not to quarrel and that there was no threat to him from the deceased.

"On the other hand, Ram shot the deceased with his gun in a close range in his chest, acting in a cruel and unusual manner," the court said and also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the convict.

Ram was arrested on April 6, 2009 by Nihal Vihar police on the complaint of victim Purshotam's wife, who alleged that her husband was shot dead by her father-in-law.

The complainant had told the police that after her marriage, she along with her husband and in-laws were living together as a joint family in West Delhi.

She said on the fateful day, Ram had picked up a fight in an inebriated state with his wife (the victim's mother) for not cooking meals properly and proceeded to use filthy language against her, when her husband objected and asked him to keep quiet.

Ram, however, became more violent and went into his room, brought his gun and fired upon her husband, she told police and later the court.

The court had convicted Ram on November 8 saying that the prosecution has proved the case "beyond reasonable doubt" against Ram that he on April 6, 2009, has committed murder of his son Purshotam with a gun.

During the argument on sentence, Ram's counsel had sought lenient view against his client saying the convict has served the Army for about 20 years.

He pleaded with the court that the act of the accused was not pre-planned and it is only on account of fit of anger.

The counsel also submitted before the court that the case of the convict does not fall under the category of rarest of rare, so lenient view be taken against Ram.

On the other hand, the prosecutor vehemently opposed the submissions of Ram's counsel for leniency saying the convict be given death sentence as the deceased was his son, who had lost his life without any reason, only on account of hot temperament of the accused.

He further argued that the children of the deceased are minor and are suffering till date.

The judge, however, rejected the contentions of defence counsel and said, "I am of the opinion that the present case does not fall under the category of rarest of rare case.

"Accordingly, the convict is sentenced to imprisonment for life..."

PTI