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Alleged conspirator acquitted

mumbai Updated: Jul 22, 2010 01:14 IST
Alleged conspirator acquitted

Thirteen years after music baron Gulshan Kumar was gunned down, the sessions court on Wednesday acquitted alleged conspirator Abdul Qyyuam Sheikh, one of the deported accused, for lack of evidence after prosecution’s failure to prove the case.

According to the prosecution, Sheikh, also an accused in 1993 serial blasts, was allegedly present at all the meetings in Dubai where the conspiracy was allegedly hatched to kill Kumar.

“The prosecution could not prove the conspiracy charges against Sheikh,” said defense advocate Sudeep Pasbola.

Sheikh, extradited in August 2007, is alleged to be a close aide of extradited gangster Abu Salem, at whose behest Kumar was murdered. Salem is still shown as an absconding accused in Kumar’s murder.

The police had said music composer Nadeem hired Salem to kill Gulshan Kumar at the instance of a business rival, Ramesh Taurani. Salem allegedly asked Rauf Merchant to kill Kumar. Merchant was the only accused to be convicted in the case.

Taurani and 17 others were acquitted because the conspiracy charges were not proved.