Gulshan Kumar murder case: Bombay High Court verdict in Gulshan Kumar murder case, convict Rauf Merchant's sentence upheld

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Gulshan Kumar (File)

In the Gulshan Kumar murder case, the High Court has convicted the second accused Abdul Rashid, who was earlier acquitted by the sessions court. The Maharashtra government had appealed in the High Court challenging the decision to acquit Abdul Rashid.

Highlights

  • Bombay High Court upholds U.F. Merchant's conviction in Gulshan Kumar murder case
  • Apart from this, the High Court convicted the other accused Abdul Rashid, who was earlier acquitted by the Sessions Court.
  • While rejecting the appeal of the Maharashtra government, the decision to acquit Ramesh Taurani was upheld.

The Bombay High Court upheld the conviction of Rauf Merchant in the T-Series owner Gulshan Kumar murder case. Apart from this, the High Court has convicted the second accused Abdul Rashid, who was earlier acquitted by the sessions court. The Maharashtra government had appealed in the High Court challenging the decision to acquit Abdul Rashid. Abdul Rashid was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment.

While rejecting the appeal of the Maharashtra government, the decision to acquit Ramesh Taurani was upheld. He was charged with abetment to murder.

A bench of Justices Jadhav and Borkar delivered the verdict of the case. A total of four petitions related to Gulshan Kumar were filed in the Bombay High Court. Of these, three appeals were made against the conviction of Rauf Merchant, Rakesh Chanchala, and Rakesh Khaokar.

Gulshan Kumar was assassinated in 1997

  • Gulshan Kumar was murdered on 12 August 1997. His body was riddled with 16 bullets outside the Jiteshwar Mahadev temple. Dawood Ibrahim and Abu Salem had come up with the name of plotting to kill Gulshan Kumar. Two sharpshooters were deployed outside the temple to kill Gulshan Kumar.

Was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002

  • T-Series was founded by Gulshan Kumar in the 80s. In the 90s, he became famous as the Cassette King. The merchant was convicted in this case. In 2002, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. In 2009, he was granted parole to visit his ailing mother but later fled to Bangladesh. He was arrested by Bangladesh Police in a fake passport case.

Former DGP Rakesh Maria had disclosed

  • The police were also aware of this plan of Abu Salem. Five months ago, in April itself, an informer had informed the former DGP of Maharashtra Rakesh Maria about this. Said on the phone, 'Sir, Gulshan Kumar's wicket is about to fall.' Rakesh Maria had disclosed this in an interview.