10-year RI for ?roughshod five?
JUSTICE came fast for deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Rajesh Sahni. On May 30, in a daring incident five Lohia brothers had driven their jeep for 20 minutes with the DSP clinging on to the bonnet, when the cop tried to stop their vehicle during a checking drive in the busy Kaiserbagh area here.india Updated: Sep 26, 2006 01:35 IST
JUSTICE came fast for deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Rajesh Sahni.
On May 30, in a daring incident five Lohia brothers had driven their jeep for 20 minutes with the DSP clinging on to the bonnet, when the cop tried to stop their vehicle during a checking drive in the busy Kaiserbagh area here.
And today, Judge Fast Track court, DR Mishra handed out 10 years’ rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs 20,000 each to all the five Lohia brothers.
For the different sections under which they were booked, the court awarded cumulative 21 years imprisonment to the brothers. However, as the maximum punishment of 10 years is on the count of attempt to murder charge, the rest will run concurrently.
Public prosecutor Aslam Javed Siddiqui told the court five brothers — Prithivi Raj Lohia, Narayan Raj Lohia, Udai Pratap Lohia, Harsh Pratap Lohia and Rajya Vardhan Lohia — were driving a jeep (which was incidentally unauthorized) when circle officer Chowk Sahni asked them to halt near Kaiserbagh.
The brothers did not stop the vehicle and attempted to crush Sahni, who jumped on to the bonnet and again asked them to stop.
As the city watched aghast a cop latching on to the bonnet, the brothers kept on driving till they reached the SSP’s residence at Shahnazaf Road. There the brothers were caught with the help of some mediapersons and police officials.
Though the five brothers had posed themselves to be workers close of the State’s ruling party, they were arrested. The media was also seized of the matter and the administration had no option but to handle the case seriously.
A chargesheet was filed on July 14 and charges on July 28 charges against the infamous five was framed. The prosecution began to produce witnesses on September 2 and finished it in a record time of 12 days. Neelu Lohia, sister of the accused, had appeared as a defence witness. Arguments were heard on September 20 and on Monday the verdict was out.
Meanwhile, the Lohia brothers left everyone baffled when on their way back to jail today they sang the patriotic number ‘Dil diya hai jaan bhi denge ai watan tere liye, her sitam apna sahenge ai watan tere liye.’
First Published: Sep 26, 2006 01:35 IST