Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Techie rape-murder trial botched up: Defence (Maharashtra)

TNN | Nov 2, 2018, 03.13 AM IST 
Swati Deshpande

MUMBAI: It was a "botched up" trial argued defence counsel Niteen Pradhan who appeared for Chandrabhan Sanap convicted and sentenced to death by hanging for the rape and murder of a young techie, Esther Anhuya. Pradhan, pleading against death confirmation for Sanap argued that the conviction itself ought to be set aside.

Esther Anhuya
Anuhya (24), an engineer was offered a lift by Sanap to her hostel in Andheri when she arrived at Lokmanya Tilak Terminus on January 5, 2014. Sanap raped and killed her and then set her body on fire. By law, a death sentence has to be confirmed by the high court. Pradhan's submissions before a bench of Justices Ranjit More and Bharati Dangre of Bombay high court were at a hearing for confirmation of death sentence and his appeal against conviction. His contention was that digital evidence in the form of CCTV footage produced by the prosecution in the trial court was inadmissible for want of a certificate under section 65b of the Evidence Act. The prosecution had relied on CCTV footage to nail its case against Sanap. 

Chandrabhan Sanap
The defence case was also that the trial proceeded in parts with evidence recorded in the absence of the accused who was unwell. Pradhan argued that even after he was certified to be fit he was still not produced.

Source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/techie-rape-murder-trial-botched-up-defence/articleshowprint/66468865.cms (Accessed 25 December 2018)

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