Additonal Sessions judge S S Phansalkar-Joshi pronounced Aditi and Pravin guilty under Section 302 of Indian Penal Code (murder) and Section 120 B (punishment for criminal conspiracy).
While Aditi and Udit had planned to get married when they were in Jammu, their arrival in Pune for an MBA degree sounded the death knell for their relationship. Aditi met Pravin and fell in love with him but lost interest in her relationship with Udit. After calling off her relationship with him, Aditi and Pravin found a job in Gurgaon.
However, Aditi continued to feel that Udit was interfering in her relationship and wanted to get him out of her way altogether. On April 22, she came to a Chinchwad lodge and called him. When Udit arrived, she offered him “prasad” laced with arsenic. The poison claimed his life.
The Hinjewadi police had arrested the couple on May 16 last year on the charge of poisoning Bharati to death, after calling him to a lodge in April.
Additional public prosecutor Nilima Vartak argued that Udit’s death was a homicide. After giving him the “prasad,” Udit had gone back to the room that he shared with his friends. After he started vomiting, he was rushed to a private hospital in Thergaon where he died while undergoing treatment. While initially the Hinjewadi police had registered the case as that of an accidental death, after the post-mortem results revealed traces of arsenic in his body, a case of murder was registered,” said Vartak. “The results of the narco and the brain mapping tests went against the accused as well,” she added.
Vartak also said that after Udit was hospitalised, Aditi had called under a pseudonym on his cell phone, which was with his friend who had grown suspicious. At the time of arrest, Aditi’s handbag had also contained a little “prasad,” which was also found to have arsenic as an ingredient.
However, the accused’s lawyer Vijayrao Mohite argued that the case was that of suicide rather than homicide. He alleged that after meeting Aditi in the lodge, Udit had refused to consume the “prasad.” “His break-up with Aditi had left him mentally-shattered and had ultimately driven him to suicide,” said Mohite.