Finally Court Convicts 5 In Soumya Vishwanathan Murder Case After 15 Years
Soumya Vishwanathan was a 25-year-old TV journalist who worked for the Headlines Today news channel. She was killed on September 30, 2008, while driving home late at night. Police first thought it was a robbery, but later added murder charges after finding a bullet injury in her head.
Now, who did this? Five guys named Ravi Kapoor, Amit Shukla, Baljeet Malik, Ajay Kumar, and Ajay Sethi were convicted. Kapoor, Shukla, Malik, and Kumar were found guilty under the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA), which is usually used against organized crime groups. The fifth one, Ajay Sethi, got convicted for having stolen stuff linked to the crime.
Why did they kill Soumya? Well, the cops claim robbery was the motive, but it went terribly wrong and ended in murder. But some doubt on this, she was an journalist and it doesn’t seem like a simple robbery. Some predicted that it was because of her profession, she was about to reveal a case or expose some people.
The court has convicted the culprits, but the final sentences will be out on October 26. Kapoor and Shukla had earlier got the death penalty in another murder case but it got changed to life imprisonment later.
But I really wonder why some cases take so long. This one took 15 years to reach a conclusion! One reason here was the delay in witnesses coming forward and time taken to appoint a special public prosecutor.
On the other hand, you hear stories where VIPs lose something minor like a buffalo or jackfruit, and the case gets solved in no time. This is a long-standing issue, and it’s not new or tied to a particular government. It’s been happening since India became independent.
While VIPs get quick solutions, many ordinary citizens struggle for years to get justice.How can we claim that the law & justice is similar to every Indian! The wheels of justice should move at the same speed for everyone, right? But unfortunately, that’s not always the case. This long delay in justice affects not just the victims but also puts a question mark on the legal system.