Fastest murder judgement: All over in 10 days

I came across this news about the fastest murder trial in India so far! All over in 10 days!

‘A district court made legal history on Saturday by convicting a man with murdering his wife within 10 days of framing charges, and in just three hearings

On Saturday, Chandigarh additional district and sessions judge Raj Rahul Garg found Sunil Kumar guilty of brutally killing his wife, Kiran, on February 17, 2009. The accused was convicted solely on the basis of his eight-year-old son’s statement. The quantum of punishment will be pronounced on Monday

Charges were framed within 70 days of the crime and the verdict came 10 days after the chargesheet was filed.
“It is a ray of hope for thousands of victims and a warning for those who exploit the loopholes in criminal justice system,” said criminal lawyer N K Nanda. ‘

This certainly came as a ray of hope , especially in the middle of election coverage where all people seem to be talking about is the number game.. I do hope that we get to see more of these sorts of judgements.. Kasab’s trial would have been a nice way to start…

36 thoughts on “Fastest murder judgement: All over in 10 days

  1. This is a really heartening development. We are all excited because it often takes decades to decide such cases. I wonder whether the judge was looking consciuosly to set a record or had been “speeded up” suitably by one of the parties! In India everything is possible.

    Yes, Vinod, Anything is possible πŸ™‚ We have become so cynical that even with something positive, we tend to look to see , if it is really so πŸ™‚ Lets just hope that it is a landmark case and not a hurried up case to bury something else..

  2. 8 year old’s statement?? phew that is scary!! If only they showed ths enth in Kasab’s case as well!! they are worried about providing books, newspaper & non-veg to that ___ !! Heights I should say!

    Yes, an 8 yr old’s statement.. Lets just hope that it was a correct decsion and not any politically motivated one.. Yes, Kasab’s case is becoming a bigger drama everyday.. Funny, isn’t it- for something that should have been a open and shut case…

  3. This is quite fantastic, Smitha! And very heartening if justice was really done. I hope it was.(I only say this because he was convicted on the testimony of a child.)

    Most cases drag on because the accused appeal to higher courts after being convicted and sentenced in lower courts. (like Sunjay Dutt.)

    This man has been convicted in the District Court. I don’t know whether he has the means to appeal to the High Court and if needed, further.

    Yes, Manju, Totally agree with everything you say.. I certainly hope that justice was done.. And as you say – it might drag in the higher courts.. I do wish that this would be the norm as against the exception..

  4. Thats good… faster judgements will give hope to people and more will approach court to get justice… thanks for sharing Smitha πŸ™‚ How was your weekend … enjoyed a lot…?? do share with us… πŸ™‚

    Yes, Kanagu – You have brought up an important point.. ‘faster judgements will give hope to people and more will approach court to get justice’!
    Weekend was fine.. nothing major 😦 How was yours? Stil waiting to hear about your trip πŸ™‚

  5. This is pretty exciting stuff…good news for the people who spend their entire lives in jails awaiting the results of their trial.

    Yes, if only this was the norm as against the exception 😦

  6. Thanks for posting it.. ray of hope it is… when there is clear evidence, then a faster trial is what is needed. The same goes for Kasab too.. we don’t want him feasting on biriyani’s until another hijack drama. Kasab is a test of patience for all Indians and frankly speaking, this patience cannot hold further.

    Yes Asha, Kasab’s case is clearly a test of patience for all of us.. Lets see what happens there – I do not have much hope though.. given the way it is progressing..

  7. It s a step in the right direction, just hope that innocents are not punished.

    Yes, and lets hope that the innocents were not punished.. You never know..

  8. WoW! That is suprising. I guess it finished so quickly because of the son. Can’t wait to hear what his sentance is. Keep us informed. πŸ˜‰

    Will do – Will see if I can find out more:)

  9. Good to hear this news. Normally everything takes years to decide upon a case, that too murder case. When the case runs for a longer time, the culprits get time to look for some loopholes and turn the case. If the judge is confident about the crime of the accused, he should not postpone the judgement. Hope others follow this method.

    Yes, thats so very true.. Lets hope that justice was done in this case.. and it would be wonderful to see this happening in every case..

  10. I agree with you…a ray of hope it is..

    And in recent times I have seen quite a many positive changes in the judiciary system let us just hope that this change is here to stay!!!

    Yes, lets certainly hope so.. I agree with you that the judiciary is improving…

  11. this is good to know but tough to beleive… πŸ™‚

    May be lady’s parent have used their so called influences to get this solved asap…or courtsey to election …dont know…

    but if its genuine then india is really progressing.

    Maybe.. Lets hope that it was a genuine case.. But you are right, anything is possible..

  12. i just want to celebrate — because it is done and over — whatever the judgement ! if more lawyers were employed and judges came on time and left on time ( and not taking those chai breaks and siesta lunch breaks — india would not have stood still in time with respect to many many things..

    so lets celebrate — i’ll get icecream and ..

    πŸ™‚ Yes, yes lets celebrate πŸ™‚

    Yes, little professionalism and accountability would make all the difference..

  13. This could be the first step towards improving our criminal justice system. It might give some hope to the thousands of Indians languishing in jails across India because of the slow speed of our judicial system.

    Yes, Prerna.. I would be wonderful if this would become a normal practise!

  14. WOW! that’s a first but is it good? Just based on 8 year old’s statement?

    Let me be optimistic. πŸ™‚

    Yes, the 8yr old’s statement bit does sound scary.. I just hope that justice was actually done.. It would be exemplary just by virtue of the swiftness of the trial…

  15. imagine if all cases were cleared so fast? its not gonna happen, we know it but imagine.. the though itself feels so good…

    lets hope this sets the trend for other cases..they may not get judgements that fast..but hopefully they will speed it up a bit n not keep people waiting for years together..

    Yes, it would be great! if only! And hopefully, this was a trial where justice was done.. We can only hope…

  16. Hi Smitha – Came by to ‘catch up’ and enjoyed all your recent posts. Loved the one of your daughter and Dancing Queen!!


    Thanks so much for dropping by πŸ™‚ I am a silent lurker on your posts πŸ™‚ I don’t have much to add – you say it all πŸ™‚

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  18. Its easy for an easy trial in an open and shut case. But when hardened criminals or someone who has planned the crime well is concerned, this might take a long time. Anyway, such exceptions in our justice system is exceptional. Hope things change for the better soon.

    Welcome here, Liju Philip. I lurk at your blog πŸ™‚ Yes, you are right – it is easier for an easy trial for an open and shut case.. But in certain cases – even that doesnot happen.. Look at Kasab’s case.. Lets hope for the best anyways..

  19. I cam over here is amreekandesi’s blog. I had certainly missed this news. If our judiciary were fast, so many things would improve drastically.

    Even if they are open-and-shut case, our trials dnt take place. Undertrails are worst affected in thsi country. 😦

    Poonam. Welcome here! Yes, things would change – if our judiciary acted faster.. Lets hope that this does not continue to be an exception..

  20. this sounds too good to be true…although it is their job to be doing this, i still get a feeling they derserve a standing ovation!!

    if they keep up like this, it will encourage more ppl to approach the law πŸ™‚

    Yes, it just reflects on our system when we are so happy to see them doing things – which is their job anyways πŸ™‚ But yes, I do hope that this becomes the norm… It will certainly encourage more people to approach the law..

  21. This is good news! Though it can also go horribly wrong that the father was innocent and all.. but still it is good news πŸ™‚

    Yes, that is a danger.. I would laud it just for the fact that it was so swift.. beyond that – we can’t say much yet.. Let hope that the decision was just..

  22. Hi Smitha:))read your post today…was in a hurry so have been unable to comment on many posts 😦 …but will be back to comment πŸ˜€
    (((((hugs)))love to Poohi :)))
    muah :)))
    Abhi :)))

    No probs, Abhi – whenever you get the time.. Had been wondering where you’re off πŸ™‚ Hugs and muah to you too! Come back soon with one your trademark posts πŸ™‚

  23. brilliant!! definitely a step in the right direction. but can this be sustained is the question?

    Aswathy, Welcome here! Yes, it is certainly a step in the right direction- whether it could be sustained – well, I don’t have high hopes, to be honest..

  24. I really hope that this sets a trend..hai na? Though knowing us Indians that is it seems kinda hopeless or atleasta very long drawn process IF it ever does change that is…

    you know what really wish for?that the Kasab case does not go the afzal guru way.. coz that would be a huge tragedy and blunder… 😦 as it is the media is already getting all hyper about Kasab…
    I wish people would stop being so hypocritical in our country…

    we need more such judgements and Kasab’s case should be dealt with in the saem quickly as possible

    nice post Smitha πŸ™‚
    brought a lot of emotions (mainly anger relief and hope) to the surface πŸ™‚

    Indyeah – This case just shows that our judiciary can be efficient and quick – if they want to.. For some reason (mainly political) trials have a way of getting delayed for years.. Kasab’s trial should have been very quick.. and you know what really amazes me is that we have no protocol to try these kinds of criminals.. There should be fast track courts for such cases.. It will be a real tragedy if it goes the Afzal guru way..

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