HC upholds conviction of ex-Jawan for murder
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.