Bengaluru: Former Infosys employee gets life term for murdering wife
A former Infosys employee has been sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his wife. The District Principal City and Sessions Court in Bengaluru pronounced the quantum of punishment on Saturday after convicting Satish Kumar for murdering his wife, Priyanka Gupta.
The prosecution sought the death penalty for Satish considering the meticulous planning and execution apart from his attempts to misguide investigators in the case. The court, however, held that it was not the rarest of rare cases and hence a death penalty could not be given. Satish, who worked as an HR manager with Infosys was convicted on Friday by judge Basavaraj Sappannanavar.
Murder of Priyanka Gupta had rocked the city of Bengaluru in 2010 after Satish filed a police complaint alleging that it was murder for gain. On August 8, 2010, Priyanka was found dead with a slit throat at her residence in Hulimavu. While Satish put up a show of mourning his wife and alleged that she was murdered by miscreants for gain, investigations revealed that Satish was the perpetrator.
Murder most foul
On August 8, 2010, Satish promised to surprise his wife Priyanka. He first blindfolded her and tied her hands. An unsuspecting Priyanka played along. Satish made Priyanka sit on a chair and proceeded to tie her legs. He then strangulated her with a nylon rope before slitting her throat and murdering her.
Satish fled from the spot only to return later. He faked a scene and floated the theory that miscreants had broken into the house and had murdered his wife. He even filed a police complaint against unknown persons. Inconsistency in his statements led the police to believe that he may have had a role in the murder. After pursuing, Satish cracked and admitted that he had killed his wife over domestic issues.