Delhi serial killer sentenced to "life until death"
Tihar Jail, where Chandrakant Jha dumped the headless and/or mutilated bodies of some of his victims
A serial killer, who used to dump bodies near Tihar Jail after beheading and chopping off body parts of the victims, was on Monday sentenced to jail till death by a trial court, which said that this case could not be treated as an ordinary murder case.
Additional sessions judge Kamini Lau refused to show mercy to 46-year-old Chandrakant Jha, a native of Madhepura in Bihar, saying his intention was to cause "public outrage" by killing people in a brutal manner and to some extent, he had succeeded in doing so. "The offence has been committed in exceptional depravity and extreme brutality. The postmortem report confirms that the death in this case was a result of decapitation (not a case where decapitation followed death). How much pain the victim must have suffered at the time of his death?" the court said while imposing a fine of Rs 20,000 on Jha.
The court also pulled up Delhi Police for probing the matter in a casual manner due to which the identity of the victim has not been established. "I may observe that the identity of the deceased in the present case whom the convict referred as Dalip... has not been established till date. The chargesheet has been filed in a most casual and routine manner. No efforts, whatsoever, have been made to trace out the family of the victim," the court said.
Directing the police to preserve the DNA exhibits of the victim, the court asked Delhi Police commissioner to collaborate with counterparts in Bihar and establish the identity of the deceased. The court pronounced its order in presence of Jha, who looked calm during the proceedings. The sentence comes in one of the three cases of murder in which he has been convicted. The sentence in the other two murder cases will be pronounced on February 5 and 6.
Even as Jha sought a lenient view on the ground that he has a family comprising his wife and five daughters and any stern view would cause mental, financial and social trauma to them, the court rejected his plea saying he had betrayed the trust and confidence of the victims, who were known to him. "The convict is mission oriented and task oriented serial killer whose only motive/mission is to expose, mock and challenge the police. This he was doing because, according to him, the police had implicated him falsely in many criminal cases and he wanted to get back at the system," the court said.
Public prosecutor P K Verma had told the court that Jha had murdered Dalip days before May 18, 2007 by beheading him. He had wrapped the body in a bag and thrown it outside Gate number 1 of Tihar Jail. In order to conceal the identity of the deceased and to destroy the evidence, he had thrown head and other body parts of the victim at various places.
The court had also convicted Jha for killing two others, Amit and Upender, and dumping their headless bodies near Tihar Jail in 2006 and 2007 respectively. Jha was caught on May 20, 2007 near Mianwali Nagar. During interrogation, he had admitted killing several people by beheading them and throwing their body parts in various places, the court noted in its order.