Mumbai: A special Terrorism and Disruptive (Prevention) Activities (TADA) court on Tuesday handed life TERM to convict Riyaz Siddiqui, for his role in the murder of city-based builder Pradeep Jain. He was found guilty of conspiring to eliminate the builder, who refused to give up his property to extradited gangster Abu Salem.
It may be recalled, Siddiqui was convicted in the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts case and sentenced to 10 years rigorous imprisonment, last week. The special judge, Justice Govind Sanap had in August convicted Siddiqui for conspiring along with Salem to kill Jain. He was convicted under the charges of murder, criminal conspiracy and extortion.
This comes after the prosecution in the case, sought a lifer for Siddiqui. Special Public Prosecutor (SPP) ujjwal Nikam had urged the TADA court to award a lifer to Siddiqui as his role in the murder, does not fall in the ‘rarest of rare’ of category. Till now, Justice Sanap has convicted Abu Salem and Mehendi Hassan Shaikh and the duo were handed over lifetime imprisonment in 2015. The court has also convicted rival builder Virendrakumar Jhamb of extortion.
Jain was killed on March 7, 1995 after the assailants hired by Salem, pumped in nearly 17 bullets in his body. He was shot dead outside his bungalow, situated in city’s posh Juhu area. His brother Sunil Jain was one of the eyewitnesses in the case, who had also suffered injuries in the incident.