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Chronology of events in Irfan's murder

Following is the chronology of events in the cartoonist Irfan Hussain's murder case:

india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 16:18 IST

Following is the chronology of events in the cartoonist Irfan Hussain's murder case:


* March 8, 1999: Cartoonist Irfan Hussain, employed with Outlook news magazine, was abducted near Gazipur in East Delhi and later murdered at about 10:45 pm while he was returning from office.

* March 9, 1999: A missing report was lodged at the Sarojini Nagar police station by Irfan's doctor wife Munira Hussain.

* March 10, 1999: A complaint under section 365 (kidnapping with intent to wrongfully confine) and 302 (murder) of the IPC was lodged.

* March 13, 1999: Irfan's body found in a bush near Mayur Vihar alongside the national highway.

* March 1999: The police allegedly recovered a bag belonging to the victim from Mirakh Pur village in Sonepat, Haryana.

* December 5, 1999: The car stereo, which was sold by one of the accused Mohd Shahid, to Himland Motors was recovered.

* December 9, 1999: The Delhi police with the help of Jammu and Kashmir Police allegedly recovered Irfan's Maruti car near Anantnag town in the valley but the driver managed to escape.

* December 14, 1999: Five accused namely -- Mustafa Ansari, Sanjay Kumar, Heera Singh, Mohammed Jasim and Mohammed Sahid -- were arrested from the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjeev Jain where they were being produced in another case of auto snatching.

* February 8, 2001: The court frames charges against five accused under sections 364 (Kidnapping with an intent to murder), 302 (murder) and 34 (group liability) of the IPC.

* June 1, 2001: Mohammed Sadiq, a juvenile and sixth accused in the case, was arrested. And, the police files supplementary challan.

* July 23, 2001: The Additional Sessions Judge starts recording of evidence of the Prosecution witnesses.

* September 12, 2005: Mohammed Sadiq being a juvenile sought the transfer of his trial to the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).

* September 19, 2005: The ASJ transfers Sadiq's case to the JJB.

* January 3, 2006: The court completes recording of statements of 60 prosecution witnesses.

* January 30, 2006: The ASJ records statements of accused persons wherein they pleaded innocence.

* February 4, 2006: The final arguments in the case begins.

* February 27, 2006: Final arguments in the case concludes.

* February 28, 2006: The court, in it's oral order, acquits all the five accused for the lack of evidence.

* March 31, 2006: Additional Sessions judge Talwant Singh delivered the written judgment wherein held that the present case was completely based on circumstantial evidence and the prosecution failed to link the chain of events with the accused.