A local court on Saturday sentenced underworld don Babloo Srivastava and his aide Mange Sardar to seven years' rigorous imprisonment for running an extortion and blackmail racket from inside the jail. The court also slapped a fine of Rs. 10,000 each on the duo.
The special gangster court also sentenced three other accused in the same case — Krishna Shetty, Jitendra Pandey and Paramjeet — to three years' imprisonment and slapped a penalty of Rs. 25,000 each, prosecution said.
Special judge, Gangsters Act, BD Naqvi passed the order on the case lodged against Babloo and the others in 2004.
The court also passed strictures against the police and the jail administration who gave the don and his gang luxurious facilities in the jail.
The judge strongly criticised the police for failing to trace the influential persons who used Babloo and his gang.
According to sources, the Special Task Force (STF) had registered a first information report (FIR) with the Alambagh police on April 22, 2004 alleging that it had details of a telephonic conversation regarding the crimes being committed by Babloo and his gang from inside the jail.
The STF had further complained that senior jail officers were also suspected according to the conversation.
During surveillance it was revealed that the gang was not only involved in extortion and land grabbing, but was also planning to abduct a producer from Mumbai and a trader from Kathmandu.
On the basis of evidence, the court held Babloo and four others guilty, whereas five others Anand, Yunus, Ranjit Bahadur, Pradeep Gupta and Atul Gupta were acquitted for lack of evidence.