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Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Unmoved Shubha gets life sentence: Spouse killer exposed

Unmoved Shubha gets life sentence: Spouse killer exposed

Convicted of killing her fiance, 27-year-old gets additional three years of rigorous imprisonment for destruction of evidence

July 15, 2010
In December 2003, Shubha Shankar, along with her boyfriend Arun Varma and two others, had murdered her fiance G V Girish just four days after their engagement.

On Wednesday, nearly seven years after Girish succumbed to injuries after being beaten on his head with a steel rod, all four of the accused were given the life sentence.

Apart from life imprisonment, Shubha got an additional three years of rigorous imprisonment for destruction of evidence.

Judge V S Vantigodi Vantigodi also imposed a fine of Rs 50,000 on each of those convicted, and ordered a payment of Rs 2 lakh as compensation to Girish’s family. Those sentenced, apart from Shubha and Arun, are his cousin Dinesh and a local goon, Venkatesh.

After hearing arguments from both sides in the morning, the judge handed out the punishment in the evening session. As soon as he did, Girish’s sister Sunitha broke down.

Shubha, meanwhile, stayed calm all day, showing no emotion even as the sentence was read out.

Her father Shankar Narayan got busy discussing the verdict with his lawyers, who later confirmed that they would appeal in the High Court. No member of her family addressed the media. Earlier in the morning, the court hall had filled up quickly as hundreds of advocates trooped in to watch the final day’s proceedings in one of the city’s most high-profile murder cases over the last decade.

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