MUMBAI: Former naval officer Manish Thakur, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing his girlfriend has approached the Bombay High Court challenging his conviction and sentence. The appeal is likely to come up for hearing one June 17.In his appeal Thakur has contended that he is innocent and falsely implicated.

On March 7 this year a Mumbai session court has convicted Thakur for killing his girlfriend in 2007. The deceased Kaushambi Layek was an employee of Tata Consultancy Services. ccording to Thakur at the time of incident he was in Goa and had resumed training. Layek was found murdered in ‘Sun-N-Sheel’ Hotel in suburban Andheri by the hotel staff on May 14, 2007. According to the prosecution, a day before that Thakur and Layek had checked into the hotel. Thakur had shot Layek dead when she sought to end their relationship. As per the prosecution case, the duo first met on a train to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerela where they were both attending separate training programmes in 2005. (Staff Reporter)

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