The Delhi High Court on Wednesday acquitted Romesh Sharma, alleged frontman of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in the fashion designer Kunjum Budhiraja murder case.
The Court also acquitted co-accused Tejendir Verdi, who was sentenced to life imprisonment, while upholding the life sentences of four others -- Sharma's nephew Surinder Mishra, Hemchand, Santram and Ramesh alias Bobby.
A division bench comprising Justices Pradeep Nandrajog and Suresh Kait allowed the plea filed by Sharma and Virdi alias Dolly, but dismissed the appeals of the other four, who challenged their conviction and punishment handed down by the trial court.
"We hold that far from the motive being established as alleged by the prosecution, the reverse stands established that Romesh Sharma and Kunjum were in love and desired the company of each other. It does not establish that Sharma had got fed-up with her," the bench said.
The judges made this observation while rejecting the prosecution's contention that Sharma wanted to get rid of Kunjum as she knew about his alleged illegal activities.