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Two robbers get life term for killing senior citizen
Apr 9, 2007 - 7:11:39 PM
The police recovered most of the stolen jewellery and articles from the possession of the convicts.

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[RxPG] New Delhi, April 9 - The Delhi High Court has upheld a trial court verdict awarding life imprisonment to two robbers, who killed a senior citizen and father of a US-based expatriate Indian at his South Extension residence in south Delhi 17 years ago.

Confirming life terms to Vikram Rampal and Vinod Kumar for murdering R.P. Tuli, a division bench of Justice R.S. Sodhi and Justice P.K. Bhasin said Friday, 'We find no infirmity in the judgement handed out to the convicts by the subordinate court.'

The trial court convicted the duo, relying on deposition of Tuli's daughter Komal, who happened to return home a little early on the fateful day and found the two robbers with her farther lying in a pool of blood.

The court said that it found no error in the reasoning of the sessions judge order.

'Her - testimony together with the recovery of ornaments and other articles from the convicts leave no doubt that the trial court has correctly analysed the evidence before it to arrive at its conclusion,' said the judges.

According to the prosecution, Vikram and Vinod, after finding that Tuli lived alone in the house during the day as his son lived in the United States and the daughter worked in a neighbouring jewellery shop, had hatched a conspiracy to commit the robbery in the house. They also knew that Tulis had a lot of money and ornaments.

Accordingly, the duo entered the house on Oct 23, 1990 and ended up killing Tuli when he resisted.

Komal, who was working with the Titan showroom at South Extension itself, however, came to the house at 7.25 p.m and found both the convicts inside the house.

Vikram opened the door and introduced himself as the son of her father's friend. But when Komal walked beyond the drawing room, she found Vinod with a dagger in front of the bathroom, where Tuli was lying in a pool of blood.

Both tied Komal with a scarf -, ransacked the house and decamped with ornaments, some costly dresses and other valuable articles.

After they left, Komal managed to wriggle herself out and raised an alarm. Police were called in with help from neighbours and rushed her father to the All India Medical Sciences - where he was declared 'brought dead'.

Later, the police nabbed the two near Vimal Jewellers in Karol Bagh, where they had gone to sell the stolen jewellery.

On interrogation, both confessed that they had kept rest of the stolen articles in a room in Rekha Guest House at Paharganj in central Delhi.

The police recovered most of the stolen jewellery and articles from the possession of the convicts.

On the basis of the evidence and statements of the witnesses, the subordinate judge had sentenced both men to life imprisonment on July 21, 1998.

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