New Delhi: Upholding the trial court's verdict, the Delhi High Court on Thursday sentenced two former members of the elite President's bodyguards to rigorous life imprisonment in the infamous Buddha Jayanti Park gangrape case saying they exhibited extreme depravity.

After going through the arguments of both the prosecution and the defence, a division bench comprising Justice Sanjiv Khanna and Justice S P Garg sentenced Harpreet Singh and Satender Singh to rigorous imprisonment (RI) for life while the other two co-accused -- Kuldeep Singh and Munesh Kumar – were awarded 10 years RI each.

The court has directed all the four convicts to surrender before the lower court within days. It further said that in case of failing to do so, they can be arrested.

The court observed that the two convicts -- Harpreet and Satender -- are liable to get maximum punishment as they are army personnel and both of them were in uniform at the time of the crime. Both were imparted training for securing the life of people, on the contrary they brought a bad name for the army by committing such a heinous crime.

Case Details:

According to the prosecution, the crime was committed by the four on October 6, 2003, who had gone to Buddha Jayanti Park accompanying the President. Remarkably the four were in military uniform when the incident happened. A Delhi University girl had gone to the park along with her boyfriend when the girl slapped her boyfriend who fled from there.  Later on, finding the girl alone the two guards of the President namely Harpreet and Satender allegedly raped her and fled from the scene.

Harpreet was arrested on the same day while others were apprehended later on.

Earlier, a Delhi court had given life imprisonment to Harpreet, a native of Badrikalan and Satender from village Sapla situated in Rohtak district of Haryana while Muneesh is a Baghpat native. The other convict Kuldeep Singh is from Rajasthan was awarded punishment for kidnapping the girl.

JPN\Bureau

(Agencies)

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