Three Get Lifer in Satyendra Dubey Murder Case
In Satyendra Dubey murder case, three persons have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a special CBI court, said media reports.
Dubey, a project engineer of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), had exposed many cases of large-scale flouting of rules and corrupt practices in the Golden Quadrilateral highway project in Bihar, in 2003.
Special CBI court judge Raghvendra Singh found Mantu Kumar, Udai Kumar, Pinku Ravidas guilty of killing Dubey and awarded life sentence to them, said reports.
Dubey, the 31-year-old IIT-Kanpur alumni, was gunned down in the early hours of November 27, 2003 in front of the Circuit House in Gaya when he was on his way to his residence after alighting from train from Varanasi.
According to reports, Mantu was convicted under sections for murder (Section 302 IPC), voluntary causing hurt in committing robbery (Section 394 IPC) and the Arms Act for possessing unlicensed weapon, while the other two accused were convicted of murder committed in furtherance of common intention (Section 302/34 IPC) and also for voluntary causing hurt in committing robbery.
However, shortly after conviction of the three, Dhananjay Dubey, brother of the victim, said that he was ‘really disappointed’ as those convicted were ‘purely innocent’ and that the real culprits were still on the loose, reports said.
Dubey had also written to then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee detailing the financial and contractual irregularities in the construction project.
The murder had sparked protests across the country amidst calls for a legislation to protect whistleblowers who expose corruption.