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Tandoor murder case: Sushil Sharma convicted

Last updated on: November 03, 2003 20:37 IST

A Delhi court on Monday held former Youth Congress leader Sushil Sharma guilty of killing his wife Naina Sahni and burning her body in the tandoor (oven) of Baghiya Restaurant at the ITDC-owned Ashok Yatri Niwas on July 2, 1995.

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The restaurant's manager Keshav Kumar was acquitted of the murder charge (section 302) but was found guilty of helping Sharma destroy the evidence. Both Sharma and Kumar were convicted under section 120 for destruction of evidence.

Additional Sessions Judge G P Thareja however acquitted Jai Prakash Pehlwaan, Rishi Raj Rathi and Ram Prakash Sachdeva, who were accused of harbouring Sharma, for want of evidence.

He also directed the chief metropolitan magistrate to prosecute senior IAS officer D K Rao, the then Resident Commissioner of Gujarat Bhawan for allegedly harbouring Sharma after the gruesome murder.

All the accused were present in the court when Thareja read out the verdict. Arguments on the quantum of sentence would be heard on November 5.

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