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Purkayastha murderA sessions court hearing the murder case of city-based lawyer Pallavi Purkayastha will decide on the date of pronouncing the verdict next week.

“The court today adjourned the case till next week and will decide on the date to pronounce the judgement then,” said Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam.

It is prosecution’s case that the accused Sajjad Mughal (22) killed Pallavi (25) when she resisted his advances.

The prosecution has examined 20 witnesses in the case.

Mughal has refuted all the allegations and his lawyer Wahab Khan had argued it was Pallavi’s fiancé Avik Sengupta who killed her in their flat on August 9, 2012.

Mughal, a native of Jammu and Kashmir, was employed as a security guard at ‘Himalayan Heights’ building in suburban Wadala.

Police had earlier claimed Mughal used to ogle the 25-year-old lawyer, who was the daughter of IAS officer Atanu Purkayastha who was the joint secretary in Agriculture Ministry at the Centre when the incident took place.


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