Special judge, Ayodhya prakaran, Virendra Kumar sentenced life term to BSP MLA, Shekhar Tiwari and nine others accused in the killing of PWD engineer Manoj Gupta.
His accomplices were Yogendra Dohre, Vinay Tiwari, Ram Babu and Manoj Awasthi. The then SHO, Dibyapur police station, Hoshiyar Singh, gunmen Pal Singh and Gajraj Singh, the drivers Satish and Devendra were held guilty by the court and served life term by the court.
Vibha Tiwari, wife of Shekhar Tiwari, was sentenced to 30 months' imprisonment by the court on the charge of damaging the murder evidence.Manoj Gupta posted in public works department (PWD) in Auraiya district was kidnapped from his residence and murdered by Shekhar Tiwari and his men on the night of December 23, 2008. Tiwari had put pressure on Gupta to give donation for Chief MInister Matawati's birthday. When Gupta refused to give money Tiwari took him to the GAIL guest house located in Auraiya. He tortured Gupta and killed him.
The hearing of the case continued in the court for 22 months. On January 23, 2009 the division bench of Allahabad High Court directed for a speedy investigation and trial preferably within six months. On May 5, 2009-division bench of Allahabad High Court transferred the case to the Court of Additional Sessions Judge/Special Judge (Ayodhya Prakaran), Lucknow.
On October 7, 2010, Allahabad high court transferred the case from the Court of Additional Sessions Judge/Special Judge (Ayodhya Prakaran), Lucknow, to Special Judge (Gangster Act), Kanpur. On December 13, 2010 the Supreme Court ordered to transfer back the case to Special Judge (Ayodhya Prakaran), Lucknow.
The court room located on the fifth floor of the district court was packed and cordoned off by the security forces. The special judge arrived in the court at 10.30 am. Around 10. 45 all the accused were taken to the dock. After holding the accused guilty for killing Manoj Gupta the special judge heard the defence counsel on the quantum of sentence.
Talking to HT, special public prosecutor IB Singh expressed satisfaction over the judgement.