New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Monday sentenced a man to life imprisonment for abducting a
businessman at the behest of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim and
demanding a ransom of Rs 1.5 crore.
The High Court expressed its anguish that government
accommodation was used for the crime, which in fact was a
reflection of official corruption.
The accused KK Saini was operating from a government
quarter which was allotted to a Supreme Court official where
the abducted businessman was kept in confinement.
The businessman Sikander Lal Pahwa was abducted on
March 2, 1994, from Greater Kailash II in South Delhi and kept
in a sector XII government quarter in R K Puram from where the
accused was making calls for ransom through a telephone which
was in the name of another person.
The accused had rented a government quarter allotted
to an Assistant Registrar of the Supreme Court Hari Shankar
The victim was released by the abductor allegedly on
payment of ransom, which was denied by Pahwa`s family.
Investigation into the incident made it clear that the phone
calls reaching the victim`s family were originating from