Court notice to Delhi Police on Romesh Sharma’s plea

May 13th, 2008 - 12:54 am ICT by admin  

New Delhi, May 12 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Monday issued a notice to Delhi Police on a plea by Romesh Sharma, an alleged associate of mobster Dawood Ibrahim, in which he challenged his conviction in the murder of Kunjum Budhiraja in 1999. A bench headed by Justice H.R. Malhotra issued the notice on Sharma’s bail plea and sought the Derlhi Police reply by July 23.

A city court Feb 18 sentenced Sharma and four others to life imprisonment for murdering Budhiraja.

Budhiraja, a fashion designer, was shot dead March 20, 1999, by a group of men from Uttar Pradesh at Sharma’s behest when she went to offer prayers at a temple in his south Delhi farmhouse.

Sharma’s two sisters, Jaspreet alias Sonu and Dolly, were also accused of involvement in Budhiraja’s murder.

However, the court acquitted Jaspreet while convicting Sharma, Dolly, Surender Mishra, Hemchand, Santram and Ramesh under sections 302 (murder), 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.

Sharma has been in judicial custody since 1999 and is facing trial in 16 criminal cases.

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