The Bombay High Court today acquitted five alleged members of Chhota Shakeel gang who had been sentenced to life imprisonment for killing a local BJP leader.
A division bench of Justices Bilal Nazki and A R Joshi overturned the conviction, and acquitted Syyed Omar Sayed Abbas, Abid Usman Khan , Mohammad Ibrahim Hussein, Sardar Ali Khan and Mohammad Sahir Mirza Karim.
They were charged with shooting dead one Rajendra Gupta, a BJP worker from suburban Mahim, at a Ganeshotsav pandal on August 12, 1995.
Sessions court sentenced them to life imprisonment in 2003.
In the High Court, their lawyers Majid Memon and Subhash Kanse argued that none of the so-called eye-witnesses were reliable and could not have seen the actual incident.