The Bombay high court on Monday admitted the appeals filed by the state government and Adnan Patrawala’s father challenging the acquittal of the four youngsters in the case.
The court had in June issued notices to the four youngsters — Sujit Nair, Ayush Bhat, Rajiv Dhariya and Amit Kaushal —who were arrested on charges of kidnapping and murdering teenager Adnan Patrawal in 2007.
A division bench of justice VM Kanade and justice PD Kode admitted the appeals challenging an order passed by the sessions court in January this year acquitting the four accused due to lack of evidence. The court had found no substance in the case of the prosecution.
According to the prosecution, Adnan had befriended the accused persons through a social networking site and accompanied them to a game parlour in a suburban mall on August 18, 2007.
The four accused had allegedly hatched a conspiracy to kidnap Adnan and demand Rs 2 crore as ransom from his family. Soon after receiving a call from them, Adnan’s family informed the police after which his body was found a day later in Navi Mumbai.