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`CBI should move SC against Pappu Yadav`s acquittal`

Last Updated: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 20:28

New Delhi: The CPI(M) on Friday demanded that CBI should "swiftly and effectively" move the Supreme Court against the Patna High Court order acquitting former RJD MP Pappu Yadav in a murder case.

Yadav was accused of murdering CPI(M) MLC and trade union leader Ajit Sarkar in 1998.

"It is a regrettable decision, CBI must swiftly and effectively move the Supreme Court and appeal against it," CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury said.

The Patna High Court today acquitted jailed former RJD MP Pappu Yadav in the murder case.

The High Court set aside the conviction and life imprisonment awarded to the controversial leader by a lower court in 2008.

A division bench comprising justices V N Singh and K K Lal acquitted Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav and two other accused - Rajan Tiwari and Anil Kumar Yadav - of all charges in connection with the 1998 killing of Sarkar for want of evidence.

The court also directed the authorities to release Yadav from jail forthwith if he was not wanted in any other case.

Sarkar, a former CPI(M) legislator, was shot dead by unidentified persons in Bihar`s Purnia district on June 14, 1998.


First Published: Friday, May 17, 2013 - 20:28
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