Conviction in 2008 Murder of Journalist Soumya Vishwanathan: Five Found Guilty

Five individuals have been convicted in connection with the 2008 murder of journalist Soumya Vishwanathan. The Delhi court’s verdict also found the accused guilty of loot and under provisions of the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA).

Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla, Baljit Mallick, and Akshay Kumar were declared guilty of murder and loot, while Ajay Sethi was found guilty of aiding the aforementioned individuals.

Soumya Vishwanathan, a 25-year-old journalist with Headlines Today, was killed in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar on September 30, 2008. Her body was discovered in her car with a fatal gunshot to the head.

The initial breakthrough in the investigation was realized while probing another murder, that of IT executive Jigisha Ghose. Kapoor, Shukla, and Malik were previously arrested in connection to Ghose’s murder. During interrogations, their involvement in Soumya’s murder surfaced, leading to further arrests.

Delhi Police’s 2009 chargesheet, spanning 620 pages, highlighted robbery as the primary motive. Following the conviction, a touching moment was observed as a senior police officer embraced Soumya’s grieving mother.

Lou Nightingale
Author: Lou Nightingale

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