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Builder Pradeep Jain murder case: Approver-turned-accused Riyaz Siddiqui jailed for life

Riyaz Siddiqui was sentenced to 10 years in jail by the same court for his role in the 1993 blasts case last week

mumbai Updated: Sep 13, 2017 01:13 IST
Charul Shah
Charul Shah
Hindustan Times

The designated TADA court on Tuesday awarded life imprisonment to approver-turned-accused Riyaz Siddiqui in the 1995 murder case of builder Pradeep Jain.

According to prosecution, on March 7, 1995, Jain was shot dead by assailants outside his Juhu bungalow after he refused to part with his huge property and give it to gangster Abu Salem.

The TADA judge Govind Sanap had while convicting Siddiqui observed that he was an “integral part of the conspiracy” hatched against Jain brothers to make them surrender their rights over the property, to demand the extortion money and later in their conspiracy to eliminate one of the Jain brothers when they failed to fulfil the demand.

The TADA court had, in February 2015, convicted the three accused – Abu Salem, Mehendi Hassan Shaikh and Virendrakumar Jhamb — for conspiring to kill Jain. Sidhique was made an approver in the case but he did not support the prosecution.

The special public prosecutor Ujwal Nikam soon asked the court to turn him into an accused. The plea was allowed and his trial was separated from the other accused.

Along with the charges of conspiracy, conspiracy to murder and criminal trespass with extortion, Siddiqui is also convicted for giving false evidence to court. The TADA court observed that the prosecution with ‘concrete and cogent evidence’ proved that Siddiqui with other accused had conspired to eliminate Jain. The court held that he agreed to strike terror in Jain brothers and builders’ community to compel them to surrender their rights over the property. The court held that the conspiracy was hatched between November 1994 and March 1995 in Dubai.

The court said, “The prosecution has proved that Riyaz Siddiqui has committed breach of the conditions of pardon tendered to him on July 18, 2006 whereby he was legally bound to state the truth before the court at the time of his evidence. But he have false evidence to court.”

Siddiqui was sentenced to 10 years in jail by the same court for his role in 1993 blasts case.

He has been held guilty for transporting the arms and ammunitions brought by Abu Salem in his van to various other places.

First Published: Sep 13, 2017 01:13 IST