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CBI seeks death sentence for Shibu Soren, others

The JMM leader and four others have been convicted in the 1994 murder of his secretary Shashinath Jha.

india Updated: Dec 05, 2006 16:58 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday argued for death sentence to former minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) leader Shibu Soren, convicted in the 1994 murder of his secretary Shashinath Jha.

The investigating agency cited three cases before Additional Sessions Judge BR Kedia in asking for the death sentence for Soren and his four co-accused.

The counsel mentioned the Rajiv Gandhi assassination, the terror attack on Parliament and the murder of law student Priyadarshani Mattoo, in all of which the death penalty was awarded.

Soren and the others have been declared guilty of abducting and later murdering Jha. The sentencing is expected later on Tuesday.

The CBI had filed a chargesheet against the seven on November 10, 1998, alleging that Jha was abducted May 22, 1994 from Dhaula Kuan in south Delhi and later murdered in Ranchi as he had knowledge of the bribe payment to four then JMM MPs who voted against a no-confidence motion against the PV Narasimha Rao government in July 1993. The four MPs, including Soren, faced trial for bribery but were acquitted.

The court had held Soren guilty under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 364 (abduction) read with section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code. Soren resigned from the government as soon as the CBI took him into custody.

First Published: Dec 05, 2006 15:09 IST