Court rejects plea of man jailed for killing daughter

New Delhi, Feb 2 (IANS) The Delhi High Court has denied relief to a man challenging the life imprisonment awarded to him for stabbing to death his 12-year-old daughter.

A division bench of Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice S.P. Garg, in a recent decision, dismissed the plea of Paramjeet Singh, who is serving a life term, for killing his daughter and injuring his wife and two other children.

Singh pleaded before the court that his conviction should be set aside on the ground of "insanity" as he was not mentally fit at the time of crime and he was undergoing a treatment and was not fully conscious of his acts.

The bench said: "The appellant's (Singh) plea of insanity, as mandated and stipulated under Section 84 IPC, has to be rejected. We do not find any merit in the present appeal and the same is dismissed."

"The conviction and sentence of the appellant under Section 302 IPC for murder of Jaspreet Kaur and under Section 307 IPC for attempt to murder Balwinder Kaur, Arvin Kaur and Daljit Singh is maintained," the court said.

The case dates back to April 4, 2004, when Singh, a resident of Tilak Nagar in west Delhi, attacked his daughter, stabbing her repeatedly with a pair of scissors when other family members were sleeping.

Singh said that he was not mentally fit at the time of crime as he sank into depression due to unemployment.

The court held that Singh's statement elucidated that he was mentally disturbed and had quarrelsome nature, but it could not be said that he was "incapable of understanding the nature and character of his acts and consequences thereof qua to him and others".

"He knew the nature and quality of the act which he was committing and that what he had done was wrong. It cannot be said that the appellant was incapable of distinguishing right or wrong," the bench observed in the judgment.

The trial court Nov 11 last year, awarded Singh life imprisonment saying the nature of injuries indicated that he had intended to kill all of them.


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