New Delhi: The convicts in the 1975 Lalit Narayan Mishra murder case on Monday claimed they were victims of a "political conspiracy" while the kin of the then Railway Minister hailed the Delhi court's verdict saying justice has been meted out after almost 40 years.
While the family members of the convicts broke into tears as soon as District Judge Vinod Goel pronounced the verdict in a jampacked courtroom, CBI prosecutor N K Sharma expressed satisfaction that nearly 40 years after the assassination of Mishra, the trial has resulted in conviction.
However, one of the four convicts, Ranjan Dwivedi, 66, a practising advocate in the national capital, put up a brave face saying the verdict has made him strong.
Dwivedi, who was 26-year-old at that time of the incident and the youngest among the four, expressed the determination to fight the case till the very end.
"Umar badti hai to shareer kamzor hota hai aur man mazboot hota hai. Hum mazboot hue hai. Is sankat ke samay me hum mazboot hue hai. (As the age increases, body becomes weak but the mental strength increases. We have also become strong at this moment of distress)," said Dwivedi whose family is settled in the United States.
The courtroom was full of lawyers, scribes and Anand Margis as three of the four convicts were associated with the group claiming to be a global, spiritual and social service organisation, besides kin of the convicts and Mishra.
One of the convicts, Santoshananda Avadhuta, said "our fight will go on. This judgement is not based on law and facts. We have been victims of political conspiracy and this will be exposed in higher courts," he said.