A special CBI court on Saturday sentenced a man to death for raping and murdering a 19-year- old BTech student in Jharkhand's Ranchi three years ago. Special CBI court judge AK Mishra had on Friday found Rahul Raj guilty of raping the student and killing her on December 15, 2016.
Pronouncing the quantum of punishment on Saturday, the court also slapped a fine of Rs 20,000 on the convict. The CBI, which took over the case on the recommendation of the Jharkhand government, lodged an FIR on March 28, 2018 and arrested Raj in June this year.
The student was found dead at her home in Ranchi with her face and torso charred. The autopsy report revealed that she was killed after being raped. Raj hails from Bihar's Nalanda district.
The convict is a habitual offender and has been accused of sexual assault in the past as well. He had several cases of theft in Uttar Pradesh against him all well.
After committing the crime, he had fled Jharkhand. The investigators identified him by matching the DNA found from the victim's body with that of his parents. He was arrested from a jail in Uttar Pradesh.