22-year-old Mughal, who was employed as a watchman at the 'Himalayan Heights' building, was found guilty of murder, molestation and criminal trespass.

According to sources, the prosecution had asked for death penalty on the grounds that the act was premeditated and that the crime falls under the rarest of rare category.

The accused killed Pallavi on August 9, 2012, when she resisted his advances. The prosecution examined 40 witnesses while the defence examined three in the case.
    
The Crime Branch had filed a 434-page chargesheet against Mughal on October 30, 2012, charging him with trespass and murder.
    
The prosecution had earlier submitted a draft charge against Mughal, accusing him of murdering the law graduate, who was also an advisor to filmmaker Farhan Akhtar’s firm Excel Entertainment.

Mughal, however, refuted all the allegations and his lawyer Wahab Khan argued that it was Pallavi's fiancé Avik Sengupta, who killed her.
    
The police had claimed that Mughal, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, used to ogle at the young lawyer. Pallavi’s father Atanu Purkayastha was the Joint Secretary in the Agriculture Ministry at the Centre when the incident took place.

In his statement to the police, Mughal had said that he sneaked into Pallavi's flat on August 9 using a set of duplicate keys and tried to force himself upon her.

"However, when I forced myself upon her, she resisted and started screaming and at this time I assaulted her with my knife that I was carrying," Mughal had said in his statement.
    
Speaking to reporters outside the court after the conviction, Pallavi's family demanded death for Mughal.
“Two families have been devastated. Death and nothing less than death (should be given)...A positive message will go in the society if death is given,” he said.
    
Pallavi’s mother Sumita, who is Director General with the Ministry of Telecommunication, said, “For two years, my and Avik's family have gone through a lot of trauma. I have lost my daughter and would be son-in law."

(JPN)

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