Life Sentence for Mumbai Lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha’s Killer

Mumbai court on Monday awarded life term to a security guard for molesting and killing lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha in her flat.

Sajjad Mogul, the security guard of the building where Pallavi stayed, had been found guilty of all charges, including murder, molestation and trespassing.

Earlier on June 30, Sessions Judge Vrushali Joshi, pronouncing 23-year-old Mogul guilty, said that “a case of murder, molestation and criminal trespass has been proved” against him.

The accused was working at Himalayan Heights skyscraper in Wadala in south Mumbai where Pallavi Purkayastha (25) lived at the time of the attack on August 9, 2012.

Purkayastha was killed after she fought off Mogal’s advances in her home and complained to her fiance Avik Sengupta.

After painstaking investigations, the police filed a 434-page charge sheet against Mogal in October 2012. During the trial, a total of 43 witnesses were examined.

Purkayastha’s fiance Avik Sengupta, who was one of the witnesses in the case and had deposed in the trial, died of natural causes in November 2013.

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