statesman news service
New Delhi, 13 July: A man has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a students’ union president of Delhi University college 14 years ago by a Delhi court terming it as a "rare" case.
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau sentenced Jitender alias Kalla for murdering Anil Badana, the then president of Satyawati College students’ union and made it clear that he would not be considered for any remission till he spends 30 years in jail.
“I am of a considered opinion that this case cannot be put on the same pedestal as other ordinary murder cases. It is also true that punishment in every case does send a message to the community at large… Thus besides a number of other factors to be considered one of the relevant factor… is the sentiments of community or the message which may travel to the community at large and the fact that it may deter similar other such like offenders. The present case can be easily classified as a ‘rare case’ which calls for the exercising of alternative options by the court,” said the court.
According to police, Kalla had shot dead Badana, at a marriage function under Keshav Puram police station on 10 March, 1999. Kalla was harbouring ill-will against Badana as he was going to depose against him in a criminal case. Kalla had also injured the bridegroom’s father Madan Lal Sharma while opening fire indiscriminately as those attending function tried to nab him," said the court. The court also noted that one of the eye witnesses Sumit Nayyar, who had informed the police about the incident, had to pay a heavy price as Kalla immediately went to his home at Mukherjee Nagar to kill him but when he realised that Sumit had not reached there, the accused pumped three bullets in the chest of his father to scare him away from maintaining his stand before the police.
Kalla was arrested on 24 January, 2000 after remaining elusive for over nine months. While holding Kalla guilty of Badana’s murder, the court said the aggravating factors are that the victim was none else than the witness against the convict in a attempt to murder case and the motive behind this killing was to take revenge from him. “Secondly, the murder of Badana has been committed in full public view at a marriage reception and on the way to escape from the spot the convict fired indiscriminately and one such bullet injured Madan Lal the father of the bridegroom who had organised the function… The intent was clearly to finish off the witnesses who would have deposed against him. Kalla had also escaped from police custody and according to the prosecution, he had extended threats to the witnesses during this period showing that the convict did not have any remorse of ghastly killings for which he was undergoing trial,” said the court. It added that Kalla is a habitual offender and is involved in number of cases.
The court also relied on the forensic report stating that the bullets were fired from the licensed pistol of Kalla. The court also imposed a fine of Rs four lakh on Kalla, who is in jail from the past over 13 years, and said if the amount is realised, Rs two lakh should be given to the victim’s family.