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SC admits plea against Soren`s acquittal in Jha murder case

SC admitted a petition to examine the acquittal of JMM chief Shibu Soren in connection with the murder of his private secretary Shashi Nath Jha in 1994.



New Delhi: The Supreme Court today admitted
a petition to examine the acquittal of JMM chief Shibu Soren
in connection with the murder of his private secretary Shashi
Nath Jha in 1994, in which the CBI has chosen not to challenge
the exoneration of former Jharkhand Chief Minister.

imprisonment by a trial court but the Delhi High Court had
acquitted him.

Jha`s mother Priyambada Devi had filed the appeal
against the High Court judgement but the CBI challenged the
verdict against the acquittal of only four other persons in
the case.

"We have filed appeal against the acquittal of all the
five persons but the CBI has not challenged the acquittal of
Soren," Priyambada Devi`s counsel K Sunil said.
A bench comprising Justices Altamas Kabir and A K
Patnaik admitted the petition filed by Priyambada Devi and the
CBI.

The High Court on August 22, 2007 had acquitted Soren
in connection with the murder of Jha.
The High Court had also acquitted four others -- Nand
Kishore Mehta, Shailendra Bhattacharya, Pashupati Nath Mehta
and Ajay Kumar Mehta.

It had slammed the CBI for failing "miserably" in
collecting evidence against the tribal leader and had also
said the agency was unable to prove that the body exhumed in
Ranchi was that of Jha.

A Delhi trial court had on November 28, 2006 convicted
Soren and four others for abduction and murder of Jha. The
order pronouncing life sentence was delivered on December 5,
2006.

Jha had gone missing from Dhaula Kuan area here on May
22, 1994 and was last seen in Ranchi allegedly in the company
of Soren`s loyalists next day.

Jha was later found murdered as he allegedly had the
knowledge about the money received by JMM MPs, including
Soren, to save the then minority P V Narasimha Rao Government
by voting in its favour in 1993.
His body was allegedly exhumed from Piska village near
Ranchi in 1998.

PTI

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