Mangaluru, November 27: Out of the five convicts in the murder of advocate Naushad Kashimji, three persons were subjected to rigorous life imprisonment by the third additional district and sessions court on Friday November 27th.
The first three accused, Dinesh, Pratap and Ritesh were sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment under IPC sections 302 and 120 B. They were imposed with penalty of Rs 20,000 to each. In case, they fail to pay the fine, they would be subjected to another five years of rigorous imprisonment.
They were also sentenced to seven years of rigorous imprisonment and Rs 5,000 penalty under Arms Act sections 3 and 25.
The court sentenced other two convicts, Ganesh and Subrahmanya, to seven years of rigorous imprisonment under IPC sections 201 and Rs 10,000 penalty each. If they fail to pay the fine, they would have to spend another three years of rigorous imprisonment in jail.
Ganesh and Subrahmanya were also imposed six months of rigorous imprisonment and fine Rs 5,000 under IPC section 202. If they fail to pay the penalty, they would spend additional five months in prison.
The fine amount paid by the convicts would go to Naushad Kashimji’s wife and children.
Naushad Kashimji, who had appeared on behalf of Rashid Malbari, a close associate of Dawood Ibrahim and many others, was shot dead near his apartment at Falnir on April 9th, 2009.
Speaking to the media representatives, Naushad’s brother Sameer Kashimji said, it is a victory for justice. He also thanked and congratulated public prosecutor Narayana Sherigar. He has done a brilliant job in bringing the guilty under law.
The verdict is satisfying to a certain extent, but the ones convicted are just the supari killers who had no grudge or enmity towards Naushad. The actual murderers should also be arrested. However, this judgement is a lesson for culprits involved in the murder, said Kashimji.