The Delhi High Court convicted the son of a senior police officer, Santosh Kumar Singh, for raping and brutally killing 23-year-old law student Priyadarshini Mattoo in 1996. A truly historical judgment.
Without the untiring efforts of the CBI and medias campaign for justice in the Priyadarshini Mattoo murder case, Santosh would not have been convicted. With these kinds of judgments there will be a sense of fear instilled in the minds of people who take the legal system for granted and they think they can get away with it. This bit of good news that justice has been served, I think restores faith of the common man in the Indian Judiciary and legal system. A verdict of this nature will also be like a disincentive to the children of legal officials and ministers who take the law in their hands and get away scot-free. Like the case of Manu Sharma-Jessica murder case
Says CBI Director Vijay Shanker who played a very crucial role in getting justice “Terming the conviction of Santosh Singh for the rape and murder of Priyadarshini Mattoo as a “benchmark” for CBI officials and trial courts, the verdict would go a long way in restoring the people’s faith in the criminal justice system.
“The CBI welcomes the long-awaited judgement that the Delhi High Court gave today. We have pressed for the maximum punishment for the guilty and we will strive for the death penalty for him,” Shanker said.
Shanker had made it a personal endeavour to ensure speedy justice in the Mattoo case immediately after taking over as CBI director. “The stand of the CBI has finally been vindicated,” he said.
Reaction of the Father: “Finally justice has been delivered,” said an exuberant Chaman Lal Mattoo on hearing of the conviction of Santosh Singh for raping and killing his daughter Priyadarshani Mattoo 10 years ago.
“I can’t express myself. I have no words to express how I feel. I can’t get absolute joy because my daughter is not there. But we’re grateful to God. This verdict has been sent by her from above.
Well said and done. Justice is served.