Soumya Vishwanathan murder: Delhi High Court allows suspension of sentence of 4 convicts [12.2.2024]

The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed the suspension of life sentences of the four convicts in the murder case of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan. The court allowed their plea for suspension of the sentence — bail till the pendency of the appeal.

The lawyers of the convicts — Baljeet Malik, Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla and Ajay Kumar — argued that they have been behind bars for more than 14 years.

These four of the five convicts in Vishwanathan's murder case were sentenced to life in prison in November last year, while the fifth convict, Ajay Sethi, was given three years in jail.

The court of Additional Sessions judge Ravindra Kumar Pandey also imposed a fine of Rs 1,25,000 on all the convicts. The court had also ordered that of the total fine amount imposed on the convicts, Rs 12,00,000 will be paid to the victim's family.

Addressing the demand for the death penalty to the accused, the court had noted that their offence does not fall in the category of rarest of rare cases.

12 Feb 2024