Special Judge AS Shende pronounced the death penalty for the convict, a day after prosecution sought the exemplary punishment for him saying acid attack is a crime against women and Panwar did not commit the crime on the spur of the moment but it was a pre-planned attack.

Earlier on Tuesday, a court convicted Ankur Lal Panwar for murder in connection with the Preeti Rathi acid attack case. Special Judge Shende convicted Panwar under Sections 302 (murder) and 326B (Voluntarily throwing acid) of the IPC.

Rathi, who hailed from Delhi, had died after hotel management graduate Panwar threw acid on her in May 2013. According to police, Rathi had secured a nursing job with the Ministry of Defence at the INHS Asvini Hospital and Panwar was unhappy over it. The police said acid was thrown on Rathi as Panwar was jealous of her career growth.

Outside the court, Panwar’s mother Kailash demanded a CBI inquiry claiming her son had been falsely implicated. “We have been implicated just because we were poor. I want a CBI inquiry into the case,” she said. Meanwhile, Rathi’s father Amar Singh Rathi hoped Panwar was awarded capital punishment. “It took 3 years for us to get justice but I am happy that it has been finally delivered. I hope he gets death sentence,” he said.

On Wednesday, Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam termed the case fit for death sentence, saying that it falls in the "rarest of the rare" category while Panwar's lawyer Apeksha Vora had pleaded leniency for her client, citing his young age and stating that he was the sole breadwinner for his family.

"If he is given a lesser punishment and if he is released after completing the sentence, other girls would not be safe," Nikam had submitted.

Panwar was Rathi's neighbour in Bhakra Beas Management Board Colony in Delhi. Mumbai Police filed a 1332-page chargesheet against Panwar and also submitted a list of 98 witnesses after he was arrested from the national capital in January.

(With agency inputs)

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