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M'rashtra Govt opposes Nadeem's petition

Petition seeks quashing of non-bailable warrant and red corner notice issued against him in 1997, reports Urvi Jappi.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2007 19:18 IST
Urvi Jappi

Maharashtra government opposed petition filed by Yunus Saifee, father of music director Nadeem, seeking quashing of non-bailable warrant and red corner notice issued against him in 1997, stating that Nadeem was one of the main conspirators and had allegedly funded the killing.

An affidavit filed by Arjun Bagadi, the investigating officer in the case, has maintained that Nadeem is wanted in the case and is absconding since 1997.

Gulshan Kumar was shot on August 12, 1997, at Andheri (west) by three unknown assailants. During investigation it was revealed that extradited gangster Abu Salem was giving threatening calls to Kumar at the instigation of Nadeem Akhtar Saifee, states the affidavit filed by Bagadi opposing Nadeem’s petition.

From the 19 arrested accused, the police recovered two imported fire arms and ammunitions, two cars and one tempo. The affidavit further alleges that "It was further revealed that the conspiracy was hatched in Dubai to kill Gulshan Kumar. Weapons were supplied by Abu Salem, while money was supplied by Nadeem and Ramesh Sadhuram Taurani."

Public prosecutor D Mahispurkar argued that Nadeem was the main conspirator in the murder conspiracy as there was a dispute between the two as Kumar allegedly did not give wide publication to the album ‘Hi Ajnabi’ in which Nadeem had sung a song.

A metropolitan magistrate had issued a warrant against Nadeem on September 3, 1997. a sessions court had acquitted all accused except one Mohammed Rauf alias Raja who had fired at Kumar.

The state has filed appeal against the acquittal of two persons – Rashid Merchant and Ramesh Taurani – in the high court.

Opposing his petition, the state contended that there is sufficient evidence against Nadeem including statements of seven witnesses.

A division bench of Justice Ranjana Desai and Justice AV Mohta while keeping the matter for hearing on February 12 has directed the Union Government to file its reply as it is the co-ordinating agency with the Interpole for issuing red corner notice.

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First Published: Jan 15, 2007 19:18 IST