Five persons acquitted in TV producer firing case

Last Updated: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 21:50

Mumbai: A special court today acquitted five
persons, accused of firing at TV producer Anand Mahendroo, due
to lack of evidence.

Mahendroo, producer of the famous television show, `Dekh
Bhai Dekh,` was shot at by a person in January 2006 at
suburban Andheri.

The police had arrested prime accused, L M Singh, soon
after the incident and four others for conspiracy.

According to the police, Singh, who was employed with
Mahendroo, had been sent behind bars after he was caught red
handed stealing from the producer`s house.

Soon after his release in 2006, Singh along with other
accused -- Mohammad Haroon Shaikh, Nadeem Khan, Shah Shabbir
and Taiyyab -- decided to take revenge on the producer and
kill him.

All the five arrested accused were booked under the
stringent provisions of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime
Act (MCOCA) as Taiyyab had two previous chargesheets filed
against him.

However, during the trial the prosecution failed to
establish the motive behind the alleged attempt to murder.

Defence lawyers had also challenged the invocation of
MCOCA. "Taiyyab who had two chargesheets against him was
acquitted in both the cases and hence MCOCA had to be
revoked," said lawyer Wahab Khan.

-PTI



First Published: Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 21:50

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