HC up­holds con­vic­tion of ex-Jawan for mur­der

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times City - TIMES NEWS NET­WORK

New Delhi: A for­mer Army­man was sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment by Delhi high court re­cently for shoot­ing dead a car­di­ol­o­gist in 2012 while try­ing to forcibly take away the doc­tor’s do­mes­tic help, whom he was ob­sessed with.

The court found that the for­mer sol­dier, Dhar­men­dra Tan­don, even af­ter the grue­some mur­der, be­haved in an “un­just, un­fair and un­rea­son­able” man­ner and had a “propen­sity to com­mit crime.” It also noted that be­fore this mur­der, five other FIRs were lodged against him.

“The po­lice, jail and civil ad­min­is­tra­tion must do all to en­sure that so­ci­ety at large is pro­tected from such in­di­vid­u­als,” a bench of Jus­tices Man­mo­han and San­gita Dhin­gra Sehgal noted, while dis­miss­ing Tan­don’s ap­peal against his con­vic­tion by a trial court for mur­der­ing Dr San­jeev Dhawan of Sir Ganga Ram Hos­pi­tal.

Ap­plaud­ing the con­duct of the dead doc­tor, the court said, “Dr San­jeev Dhawan was a prin­ci­pled, coura­geous and a just cit­i­zen, who did his best to pro­tect his help­less maid­ser­vant Sangeeta Kaur... He didn’t suc­cumb to threats, pres­sure or un­just and un­fair de­mands of an ob­ses­sive per­son, the ac­cused, who de­spite be­ing mar­ried to Ramin Tan­don and hav­ing chil­dren wanted cus­tody of Kaur at any cost.”

As per the pros­e­cu­tion, Tan­don got into a scuf­fle with the doc­tor while try­ing to forcibly take away Kaur against her wishes, whom he claimed to be in love with. On Septem­ber 18, 2012, Tan­don had asked the doc­tor to send Kaur with him and threat­ened to kill him oth­er­wise.

Tan­don reached the vic­tim’s hous­ing so­ci­ety at night and tres­passed into the neigh­bour’s floor with a dou­ble-bar­rel gun. He fired a cou­ple of shots of which one hit Dhawan and killed him. Tan­don

TIFF OVER DO­MES­TIC HELP

was ap­pre­hended with the weapon by in­ves­ti­gat­ing of­fi­cers.

Kaur, af­ter ini­tially liv­ing with Tan­don, left him af­ter which he used to of­ten come and threaten the doc­tor at whose house she was a ten­ant and also worked as a maid. The court also took ad­verse view of Tan­don’s re­fusal to par­tic­i­pate in Test Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Pa­rade (TIP), for giv­ing false ex­pla­na­tion be­fore the trial court and tak­ing a false de­fence.

In his de­po­si­tion as a de­fence wit­ness be­fore the trial court, Tan­don had stated that Kaur was liv­ing with him in Gur­gaon on the day of the mur­der and was not at the doc­tor’s house.

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