In a significant development, the Delhi High Court has issued notices on Tuesday to all four convicts in the murder case of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan. The convicts, Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik, and Ajay Kumar, are challenging their conviction and life imprisonment sentences. The division bench, comprising Justice Suresh Kumar Kait and Justice Manoj Jain, also entertained applications seeking the suspension of their sentences.

The court has additionally called for the nominal roll of the convicts from jail and the trial court record in the case. The murder occurred in 2008, and the Saket Court convicted the four men on October 15, 2023, sentencing them to life imprisonment. Ajay Sethi, another accused, was convicted and sentenced to three years of simple imprisonment by the trial court.

Notably, Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla, and Baljeet Malik were implicated in the murder case of IT professional Jigisha Ghosh as well. During cross-examination, the trio confessed to also shooting dead television journalist Soumya Vishwanathan, who was driving home after a night shift.

A recent denial of parole to Ravi Kapoor by a single judge considered his criminal history, the severity of the offence, and his behavior within the jail premises. The convicts, now seeking a review of their convictions, face charges under Section 302 (murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, 1860, as well as Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) provisions for committing organized crime leading to death.

The motive behind Soumya Vishwanathan’s murder, according to the Delhi Police, was robbery. The breakthrough in her case came after the recovery of the weapon used in the Jigisha Ghosh killing. The trial court had initially awarded death penalties to Kapoor and Shukla, while Malik received life imprisonment in the Jigisha Ghosh murder case in August 2016.

However, in a 2018 decision, the Delhi High Court commuted the death sentences to life imprisonment for Kapoor and Shukla, while upholding Malik’s life imprisonment. The current notices from the Delhi High Court signal a crucial phase in the legal proceedings, as the convicts seek a review of their convictions and sentences in the Soumya Vishwanathan murder case.

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