Priyadarshini murder case: SC reserves judgement

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New Delhi, Jul 29: The Supreme Court reserved its judgement on Thursday, Jul 29, on the plea of Santosh Kumar Singh challenging the verdict of the Delhi high court convicting and awarding the death sentence to him for the rape of Priyadarshini Mattoo over 14 years ago.

A bench comprising Justices HS Bedi and CK Prasad, after hearing the arguments advanced by advocates appearing for Singh and the CBI, reserved its verdict.

Santosh Kumar Singh, son of a former senior IPS officer, was acquitted by the trial court on Dec 3, 1999, but the Delhi high court had on Oct 27, 2006, reversed that decision by holding him guilty for the offence of rape and murder.

The CBI has sought upholding of the death sentence saying that the high court had correctly appreciated the evidence leading to his conviction.

Santosh, a law student in the Delhi University and the son of a retired senior IPS officer, had raped and murdered Priyadarshini, a third-year law student, in Jan 1996.

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