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HC upholds life term to ex-soldier for shooting doctor dead


Press Trust of India New Delhi
The Delhi High Court has upheld the life imprisonment awarded to a former soldier for shooting dead a cardiologist here in 2012 while trying to forcibly take away the doctor's domestic help, whom he claimed to be in love with.
The high court said the conduct of the convict post the gruesome murder has not only been "unjust, unfair and unreasonable", but also showed a "propensity to commit crime".
It also noted that before this murder, five other FIRs were lodged against him.
"The police, jail administration and civil administration must do all to ensure that society at large is protected from such individuals," a bench of Justices Manmohan and Sangita Dhingra Sehgal said.
The bench dismissed the appeal of former Indian Army Sepoy Dharmendra Kumar Tandon and upheld the life term awarded to him for murdering doctor Sanjeev Dhawan of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital after a scuffle.
The high court said, "deceased Dr. Sanjeev Dhawan was a principled, courageous and a just citizen, who did his best to protect his helpless maid servant Sangeeta Kaur.
"Dhawan did not succumb to threats, pressure or unjust and unfair demands of an obsessive person, that is, appellant- accused, who despite being married to Ramin Tandon and having children wanted custody of Sangeeta Kaur at any cost."

According to the prosecution, the man got into a quarrel while he was trying to forcibly take away the doctor's domestic help, whom he claimed to be in love with.
It had said that the former soldier, who had retired from service in 2010, was living with Sangeeta who was working as a maid at the victim's residence in Rajinder Nagar area of central Delhi.
On September 18, 2012, Tandon asked the doctor to send Sangeeta with him and threatened to kill him otherwise, the prosecution had said.
He reached the society of the victim at night and trespassed into the neighbour's floor with a double-barrel gun creating terror while trying to find Sangeeta.
He then fired a couple of shots from the road out of which one critically hit Dhawan and killed him.
Tandon was apprehended with the weapon from a nearby area by investigating officers.
The prosecution had said Sangeeta had left Tandon after which he used to often indulge in scuffles with her landlord in whose house she was a tenant.
The high court drew adverse inferences against the convict for refusing to participate in Test Identification Parade (TIP) and for giving false explanation before the trial court and taking a false defence.
In his deposition as a defence witness before the trial court, he had stated that Sangeeta was living with him in Gurgaon on the day of the murder and not at the house of the doctor.

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First Published: Sep 29 2019 | 12:50 PM IST

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