Verdict in murder case involving UP ex-MLA on August 22

New Delhi, Aug 20 (IANS) A special court here on Thursday fixed August 22 for delivering its verdict in a murder case involving former Uttar Pradesh legislator Udai Bhan Singh.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Praveen Singh will pronounce the verdict.

The former legislator is facing trial with five other people on charges of criminal conspiracy, murder, attempt to murder and intimidation.

The prosecution said Udai Bhan Singh, in collusion with others, entered into a criminal conspiracy to eliminate Rakesh Pandey, a witness in the murder of Vakeel Shukla and two others in Gopiganj, before he could give evidence in court against them.

Pandey was shot dead allegedly by Santosh Singh on February 17, 2003.

Santosh Singh and two other accused — Vinod Kumar Singh and Bashir Khan — died during the pendency of the trial and another accused, Kallu, was declared a proclaimed offender.

Currently serving life sentence in the Shukla murder case, Udai Bhan Singh is lodged in Fatehgarh jail in Uttar Pradesh.

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