The case involves the conviction of four accused individuals, including Braj Pal and Ajai alias Ajju, for the murder of four relatives and an attempt to murder another. The trial court found them guilty and sentenced them to death and life imprisonment, which was later commuted to life imprisonment by the high court.

The appellants argue that the sole eyewitness testimony was unreliable, with no corroborating evidence, and that the witness did not disclose the names of the assailants until later, indicating an improvement in her statement. Additionally, they point out that the statement of the witness was not recorded before a magistrate. The respondent argues that the conviction is based on thorough scrutiny and appreciation of the evidence on record and that the appellants were motivated by a desire for property.

The conviction was affirmed by the Supreme Court.

AJAI ALIAS AJJU ETC. ETC.VERSUS THE STATE OF UTTAR PRADESH on 15.02.23

By aor.sanjivnarang@gmail.com

Sanjiv Narang Adv. is an Advocate on Record in the Supreme Court of India. His qualifications include an LLB from University of Delhi and a Masters degree in Personnel Management from Panjab University,Chandigarh.In his more than 3 decades of experience, he has practiced law at the District, High Court and Supreme Court levels.He also has more than a decade of experience in the field of Management. He is the author of two books namely Laws for Women in India and Innovation, Why What and How.