Mangaluru: The III Additional District and Sessions court has found five persons guilty in the murder of city advocate Naushad Kashimji in April 2010. The court ordered the sentence here, on November 27.
While convicting Dinesh Shetty of Beltangady taluk, Pratap Shetty of Kavoor, Ritesh aka Ritu of Kodikkal, Subrahmanya of Kadri and Ganesh from Kodikkal, the court pronounced rigorous life imprisonment and Rs 20,000 penalty to, Dinesh, Pratap and Ritesh, under IPC Section 302 (murder) and IPC Section 120(B) (criminal conspiracy). They were also booked under Section 3(25) and 3(27) of the arms act which is 7 years of rigorous imprisonment and a penalty of Rs. 5000.
Whereas the other two accused, Subramanya and Ganesh, received 7 years rigorous imprisonment under IPC Section 201 (destruction of evidence) with Rs 10,000 penalty and IPC Section 202 (not complying with police/intentional omission to give information of offence) with 6 months rigorous imprisonment and Rs 5,000 penalty.
The punishment of Ritesh, Prathap and Dinesh will be incremented to 5 more years, if they will fail to pay the penalty. The court directed that the penalty should be paid to the wife and children of Naushad Kashimji.
Reacting to the judgment, Advocate Sameer Kashimji, brother of murdered Naushad Kashimji said that, “The court has given the right decision. It serves as a lesson to others. Though these are just contract killers and the actual perpetrators of the crime like Ravi Poojary are still at large, the family is satisfied up to certain extent by the decision. But the loss of life can’t be made proper.” He thanked public prosecutor, Narayan Shettigar for doing an excellent job.
Twelve individuals were accused in Naushad murder case, of which only seven were arrested. Two of them were acquitted while 5 were convicted by the III Additional District and Sessions court judge, S H Pusphanjali Devi. The remaining five are still at large. Inspector of Pandeshwar police station, N R Mukhri investigated the case.
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