Mumbai court awards death sentence to Sanap in rape and murder case
Mumbai court today awarded death sentence to driver Chandrabhan Sanap, prime accused in rape and murder of TCS techie, calling it a rarest of rare case.
A special womens court during last hearing had convicted the 29-year-old driver for the rape and murder of an Andhra Pradesh-based woman software engineer named Esther Anuhya in suburban Kurla last year.
On October 27, a Special Judge convicted accused Chandrabhan Sanap under IPC Section 302 for murder, Section 376 for rape and Section 201 for causing disappearance of evidence of offence.
Mumbai police Crime branch had arrested Sanap in early March last year about two months after the murder of the 23-year-old techie Esther, a native of Machilipatnam in Andhra Pradesh and was employed as assistant system engineer with IT major TCS at suburban Goregaon.
Sanap was arrested after scrutiny of 36 CCTV footages at the railway station and grilling of about 2,500 people. Sanap spotted Esther sitting alone at the railway station and offered to drop her off at Andheri on his two-wheeler.
Subsequently, he took her to an isolated spot and strangled her when she resisted his attempt to rob her. The decomposed body of the techie was found off the Eastern Express Highway in suburban Bhandup on January 16, 2014.