Woman, lover get life for fiance’s murder

Bangalore, July 14 (Calcutta Tube) A woman, her boyfriend and two others were Wednesday sentenced to life imprisonment by a court for murdering her fiance within three days of their engagement in 2003.

Fast Track Court Judge Vanti Kodi, who awarded life sentence to all the four, also imposed a fine of Rs.75,000 on the woman, S. Shubha.

Her boyfriend, Arun Verma, was slapped a penalty of Rs.50,000. Another convict Venkatesh was fined Rs. 100,000 and convict Dinakar was slapped a fine of Rs.50,000.

The prosecution case was that Shubha, who was 21-year-old and studying in the final year of a law course in Bangalore in 2003, conspired with her college friend Arun, two years younger to her, to murder B.V. Girish, a software engineer to whom she was engaged.

Girish, then 27, and Shubha were neighbours in Banashankari-II stage in south Bangalore, and had known each other for 15 years.

They were engaged Nov 30, 2003 and Girish was murdered Dec 3, 2003.

The prosecution contended that Shubha and her boyfriend Arun, who hails from Bihar, hatched a plan to kill Girish. They took the help of Arun’s cousin Dinakar and Venkatesh.

On Dec 3, 2003, Shubha and Girish went out for dinner on his two-wheeler and on way back she made him stop at a point between Indiranagar and Koramangala in east Bangalore so that she could see planes landing and taking off from the near by airport.

As Girish and Shubha were watching a plane land, he was attacked with iron rods by Venkatesh who sped away on Arun’s bike along with Dinakar.

Shubha took Girish to a nearby private hospital where he died. She later told police that an unidentified person attacked Girish and fled.

The prosecution relied on calls Shubha made from her cell phone and the smses she had sent to charge her, Arun and the two others with conspiracy to murder Girish.

Police first interrogated Arun who is said to have confessed to the plan to murder Girish. Based on his statement Shuba and the two others were arrested.

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