Bhubaneswar: In one of the fastest trials, a court in Odisha convicted a rape and murder accused in 29 days of the occurrence of the crime, a lawyer said here Tuesday.
District and Sessions Judge B.P. Routray Monday held 28-year-old Pradip Dalai guilty but would pronounce the quantum of punishment Wednesday.
The accused was arrested by police Sep 3. He was found guilty of allegedly kidnapping, raping and murdering a seven-year-old girl at Sambalpur, about 317 km from here, said public prosecutor Artatran Mishra.
Police filed a charge sheet against Dalai within seven days of the crime.
The judge pronounced Dalai guilty on the basis of the depositions made by about a dozen of people, including the witnesses, doctors, and police officials, during the course of the trial.
“This is probably for the first time that justice has been delivered by a court so swiftly in our region,” Mishra told.