Bangladesh cops have custody of absconding convict
Abdul Rauf Merchant, who was convicted for killing music baron Gulshan Kumar in 1997 and absconded after his release on furlough in March 2009, is in custody of the Bangladesh police.Updated: Jul 06, 2010 00:11 IST
Abdul Rauf Merchant, who was convicted for killing music baron Gulshan Kumar in 1997 and absconded after his release on furlough in March 2009, is in custody of the Bangladesh police.
Merchant was convicted in 2001 and was serving his life sentence in Nashik prison. Last year, he was granted furlough for 15 days.
Last year when his appeal against his conviction came up for hearing, it was learnt that Merchant had escaped after being released on furlough.
Hasib Aziz, AIG (National Crime Bureau Dhaka) of Bangladesh police, has written to the Central Bureau of Investigation, Interpol, New Delhi, confirming that Merchant was arrested in Bangladesh.
Mohammed Aurangazeb Mohbuo, special superintendent of police, Dhaka, has also written about the details of Merchant’s arrest. On Monday, Additional Public Prosecutor Mankunwar Deshmukh submitted the two letters to the Bombay High Court.
Mohbou’s letter said Merchant was arrested in Bangladesh on March 29, 2009, for entering Bangladesh without valid documents.
Merchant is also accused of getting a passport (C 1977016) on a false identity of a Bangladesh national named Shek Abdur Rahman, states the letter.
The letter further added: “(his) repatriation procedure may be initiated once the verdict from the learned court (in Bangladesh) is received.”
Eighteen other accused were acquitted in the case by the trial court as the police could not prove conspiracy charges against them.
The state government has also filed an appeal against the acquittal of two accused – Rashid Dawood Merchant and film producer Ramesh Taurani.
Earlier, the court had suggested that the government should consider action against the person who stood surety for Merchant.
A division bench of Justice B.H. Marlapalle and Justice Anoop Mohta has kept the matter for hearing next week.