15-Year Wait Ends as Delhi Court Convicts Five in Soumya Vishwanathan Murder Journalist Murder Case
A Delhi court has convicted all five individuals, namely Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla, Ajay Kumar, Baljeet Malik, and Ajay Sethi, for their involvement in the murder of Delhi journalist Soumya Vishwanathan. This verdict comes 15 years after the tragic incident occurred in 2008. Soumya Vishwanathan, who worked as a journalist for the Headlines Today news channel, was fatally shot while driving home from work.
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The decade-long legal saga ends
The decision was rendered by the Saket Court in Delhi, marking the culmination of a long legal process that spanned over a decade. The accused had been arrested in March 2009, and the prosecution, after a considerable delay, finally presented all the necessary evidence in the case. The trial officially commenced in February 2010 and concluded with the convictions of the accused.
Accident reveals murder plot
Back in September 2008, Soumya Vishwanathan was discovered dead in her car near Vasant Kunj in South Delhi. Initially, her death was thought to be the result of an accident. However, subsequent forensic examinations revealed that she had died from a gunshot wound to the head, sparking a murder investigation. The police findings indicated that she had been pursued on her way home and shot by another moving vehicle. CCTV footage captured her movements and detected a maroon-coloured car tailing her. Extensive efforts were made to gather evidence in the area.
Concurrently, the Delhi Police had arrested two individuals, Ravi Kapoor and Amit Shukla, in connection with another case. They later confessed to their involvement in the murder of Soumya Vishwanathan, describing it as a “thrilling activity.” Subsequently, the police filed a charge sheet against Kapoor and Shukla, along with two additional suspects, Baljeet Malik and Ajay Sethi. Although the hearing in the case concluded in 2016, the judgment was repeatedly deferred due to various legal complications.
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