- Ms Pujari was gang-raped in a car. Her dead body was found after 2-days
- The trial lasted for 3 years and saw four judges adjudicating the case.
- The crime highlighted the lack of security for women in IT, BPO sectors
A fourth accused was acquitted after he turned approver.
Ms Pujari worked at an IT firm and was kidnapped when she was waiting for a ride at the Kharadi bypass.
Her body was found two days later in the forests nearby.
The prosecution told the court that Ms Pujari was gang-raped in a car. She was also robbed of the cash that she had withdrawn from an ATM earlier that evening. She was strangled and her head as smashed.
During the trial, Yogesh Raut, the main accused, escaped from the Sassoon General Hospital while being escorted for treatment. He was, however, arrested from Shirdi 20 months later.
The prosecution said this was a fit case for the 'rarest of rare' category.
Some 37 prosecution witnesses were examined during the trial.
Ms Pujari's husband Abhijit Pujari, who was present along with her sister Manisha Ganbavle, also demanded death penalty for all the three convicts
The trial lasted for three years and saw four judges adjudicating the case.
The brutal crime brought to the fore the lack of security for women working in the IT and BPO sectors.