In Manjunath murder case, the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court has commute the death sentence of main accused Pawan Kumar Mittal to life imprisionment.
In addition, the court absolved two co-accused, Harish Misra and Sanjay Awasthi, while it maintained the life sentence served on five others in the murder case.
Hearing the case, the bench comprising of Justices KK Misra and Dharamvir Sharma, turned down pleas filed by accused Pawan Kumar alias Monu Mittal , Devesh Agnihotri , Rakesh Anand , Vivek Sharma, Shivkesh Giri alias Lalla Giri and Rajesh Verma.
The court gave its judgement on the appeals filed by those convicted of murdering the Indian Oil Engineer and whistleblower Manjunath in the Lakheempur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh.
All were convicted for murder of Indian Oil Corporation officer Manjunath in Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on November 19, 2005 by the session judge S M Abdi.
Monu alias Pawan Kumar was sentenced to death for hatching the conspiracy to kill 27 year old Manjunath Shanmugam, the Indian Oil Executive who seized his petrol pump for selling adultrated fuel. Seven others were given life terms for being accomplices in the murder.