Special CBI judge Anupam Srivastava sentenced the key accused in IPS Narendra Kumar murder case Manoj Gurjar to 12 years of rigorous imprisonment at the special CBI court here on Thursday.
Talking to the media, CBI prosecutor AH Khan said, "Manoj Gurjar was sent to jail for a 10-year term under section 304 of the IPC (culpable homicide not amounting to murder). A fine of Rs. 10,000 was also imposed."
The court also sentenced Gurjar to two years of rigorous imprisonment under IPC section 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) along with a fine of Rs. 1,000.
Gurjar was accused of running Narendra Kumar over with a tractor-trolley he was driving and which was loaded with illegally mined stones in Morena district on March 8, on the day of Holi, last year.
Gurjar's maternal uncle Saab Singh and his brother Vakeel Singh said they would challenge the decision in the high court. "The police have wrongly indicted my brother," Vakeel said.
Gurjar's counsel Mahendra Maurya said they would file an appeal in the high court against the judgment.
The convict, lodged in Indore jail, requested the court to transfer him to Morena jail. The court accepted an application in this regard. The court directed the superintendent of Indore jail to start the transfer process as per law.
Narendra Kumar, a 2009 batch IPS officer, was initially suspected to have been killed as part of a conspiracy by mining mafia, but subsequent investigations ruled this out. Kumar was posted as sub-divisional officer of police at Banmore at that time.
The CBI court had in December last year rejected a petition filed by Keshavdev, father of the slain officer, seeking a trial on the more serious charge of murder against Gurjar.
While rejecting the petition filed by Kumar's father last year seeking trial for murder against Gurjar, the CBI court had said there was no need to amend the charge-sheet filed by the CBI under section 304 of IPC. Culpable homicide is a lesser offence than murder.
Keshavdev had alleged that CBI diluted the charges as the preliminary police report and FIR filed by Banmore police were under section 302 (murder). Rs. 29,610.
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