A local court on Tuesday acquitted former Jharkhand Chief Minister Shibu Soren in the 1974 Kudko double urder case for lack of evidence.
The court of Additional District Judge (9th-fast track), Mohammad Qasim, who had reserved the judgement on June 3, pronounced the verdict in the presence of the JMM chief.
An FIR was filed on April 15, 1974 by one Bahadur Singh, who had accused Soren of leading a group that allegedly killed Khirodar Singh and Chundi Singh following the slaughter of a goat at Kudko village under Pirtand police station in Giridih district.
Soren was the sole accused after eight others had been acquitted in 1986. The chargesheet was filed in 1978.
This was the third case in which Soren has been acquitted by different courts.
He walked free in the 1975 Chirrudih massacre case three years ago while a Delhi court acquitted him in the Shashinath Jha murder case in 2007.