The prosecution had argued that the others were following Sharma’s orders when they shot dead Lakhan Bhaiyya or Ramnarayan Gupta, a suspected aide of gangster Chhota Rajan.
Lakhan’s brother, Ram Prasad, plans to appeal against Sharma’s acquittal in a higher court. Ram Prasad, an advocate himself, had moved a petition in the Bombay high court in 2006 alleging that his brother was murdered by the police.
The high court ordered a magisterial inquiry in February 2008, which found that Lakhan Bhaiyya was killed in cold blood. Based on the report, the high court formed a special investigation team (SIT) and the trial began in July 2011.