Forty six-year-old serial killer Chandrakant Jha was today again given death penalty in an identical crime of beheading and chopping the body parts of victim by a Delhi court which said he committed the murder in an "extremely brutal, diabolical and revolting manner".
Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau, who had yesterday also given death sentence to
Jha, said the case fulfils all the criteria of "rarest of rare" and brutality committed by him on the 25-year-old victim shows he "cannot be reformed".
Immediately after pronouncement of the verdict, Jha asked the court to fix a date for execution of the punishment.
"Agar main appeal file nahi karta to kya aap meri faansi ki tareek tay kar sakti hai abhi (If I don't appeal, can you fix the date for execution of my death sentence now," Jha asked the judge, who said she cannot do it as the court functions as per the law.
"I cannot fix the date as it would be done by the Delhi High Court. If you (Jha) do not file an appeal against this order, the court will anyhow send a reference to the High Court from where the death sentence will be confirmed," the judge said.
The court also said if such perpetrators of crime like Jha are not removed from society, they would destroy it.
"Certain category of perpetrators of crime who if not removed from the circulation of the society would destroy it. This act no doubt has invited extreme indignation of the community and shocked the collective conscience of society.
"This court cannot ignore the loud cry for justice by the society in this case involving heinous crime of murder of a young man from a poor family... Jha is sentenced to death and accordingly he be hanged by the neck till he is dead," the court said.
In this case, Jha had murdered one Anil Mandal in 2006 and had dumped his body outside the jail after chopping off the head and limbs.
The other two murder cases are also similar in which he had killed one Upender and another person whom Jha referred to as
Dalip, both in 2007.
Along with the decapitated body, Jha had left a letter mocking the legal system of the country. In the letter, he had challenged the police to catch him and had also threatened to send such "similar gifts" (headless bodies) after every 15 days, the prosecution had said.
Public Prosecutor P K Verma told the court that in order to conceal the identity of his victims and to destroy the evidence, Jha had thrown the head and other body parts of the victims at various places here.
The court also noted that the evidence showed that the victim was last seen with Jha and some legal documents relating to Mandal were also recovered from Jha's possession.
Jha, a native of Madhepura in Bihar, was awarded death penalty in two murder cases while in the third case, he was give imprisonment till his death.
During the trial, Jha had told the court that he was doing these crimes to take revenge from the police for falsely implicating him in several criminal cases.
The court, in its order, observed that the cases relating to Jha raises a large number of questions on the manner in which the police functions and exposes the flip side of the traditional policing where there is "extortion", "exploitation" and false implication of innocents.
It, however, said that false implications in earlier cases does not give him the right to kill some one.
While sentencing, the court noted that Jha was involved in 14 criminal cases including seven murder cases.
Amicus curiae Deepak Sharma, appearing for Jha, had sought a lenient view towards the convict on the ground that he is a patient of asthma and any stern view will cause mental, financial and social trauma to his wife and five minor
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