Delhi HC commutes death row of man for killing wife, kids to lifer
28.11.2012 (UNI) The Delhi High Court reduced the death penalty, awarded to a businessman for killing his wife and two kids, to life imprisonment saying that despite the shocking crime it cannot be said that the convict is irredeemable as a human being.
A bench comprising Justices S Ravinder Bhat and Pratibha Rani while reducing the death penalty of Naveen Ahuja to life term, observed that though the crime committed by the appellant is heartless, it cannot be said that death penalty is the only sentence which can be awarded to him for such crime.
The bench also observed that it cannot be said that Ahuja is irredeemable as a human being. He is not shut out from God and man for the court to say that the death penalty is the only sentence fit for his crime, and falls within the rarest of rare category of offences.
The court said the sentence of death penalty imposed by trial court is not confirmed and reduced to life imprisonment. It also clarified that the life imprisonment will mean 'sentence for the rest of his life'.
Ahuja was awarded death penalty by a trial court in October 2010 which had ruled that life imprisonment was inadequate punishment for him as the case was one among the rarest of rare case.
Prosecution had told the trial court that on July 8, 2005, Ahuja killed his wife and two children and later surrendered to police saying that he was undergoing financial problems and found no other solution but to kill the family.
Ahuja had first shot dead his wife Meenu using a country-made pistol and then strangled his minor daughter Manavi and threw his minor son Manav to the ground floor from his seventh floor apartment in Dwarka in West Delhi.
He had confessed his crime before the police and surrendered saying that he had committed the act in a fit of rage. UNI