A Delhi court on January 9, 2019, has framed charges against ex-constable Mahipal in connection with the murder of the wife and son of an additional district and sessions judge in October
Sessions Judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi
charged Mahipal under Section 302
of the Indian Penal Code, 1860
, and Section 27
of the Arms Act, 1959
, for use of service revolver for the commission of the double murder. The prosecution has given a list of 81 witnesses in the high-profile case, including doctors, ballistic experts, recovery witnesses and a few eye-witnesses.
The complainant in the case, additional district and sessions judge Krishan Kant received a call from Mahipal soon after the commission of the crime informing him that he had shot his wife and son. Mr. Kant is also a witness in the case. The videos of the incident, shot by passers-by, ballistic reports and eye-witnesses accounts were among the important evidence in the case, said public prosecutor Anurag Hooda, adding that the prosecution had enough evidence to prove its case. The court has posted the case for further hearing on February 1, 2019. Mr. Kant’s wife Ritu, 37, and teenage son Dhruv were getting into their car after shopping in the afternoon when constable Mahipal shot at them. He was arrested two hours after the attack on Gurugram-Faridabad Road. Ms. Ritu, who was shot in the abdomen and chest, died a few hours after the attack. The boy was shot twice in the head and once near the shoulder. He succumbed to his injuries ten days after the incident. The police had claimed that Mahipal shot the mother-son duo in a fit of rage after an altercation over keys to the car.