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3 held in Congress leader murder case

delhi Updated: Nov 11, 2008 13:06 IST
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A Delhi court on Tuesday convicted three men for killing a local Congress leader and property dealer five years ago.

Additional Sessions Judge S K Sarvaria held accused Sushil Pehalwan, Suresh Pehalwan and Dalip guilty under Section 302 for murder and other provisions of the IPC.

Surender Gupta, 40, was shot at and stabbed near his house in South Extension here in 2003. He died in hospital.

The court, however, acquitted another accused Lekhraj for want of evidence.

The court is likely to pronounce the quantum of sentence against the three convicts on November 19.

According to the prosecution, Sushil Pehalwan, Suresh Pehalwan and Dalip, who were armed, forced the victim to come out of his car near his house around noon on May 31 2003.

Sushil first fired twice at the victim and later accused Suresh stabbed him nearly 16 times, inflicting fatal injuries, the prosecution had said.

It had alleged that Dalip held the victim when he was being stabbed. The victim died within hours of his hospitalisation at AIIMS.

The prosecution examined 26 persons, including three eye-witnesses.

Two eye witnesses -- Om Prakash Gupta and Narpat Singh -- turned hostile, while the third Subodh, a former employee of the victim, supported the prosecution's case.