New Delhi: Over six years after the
murder of NHAI whistleblower Satyendra Kumar Dubey who exposed
corruption in the golden quadrilateral project in Bihar, a
court on Monday convicted three accused in the case.
The special CBI court in Patna has convicted Mantu
Kumar, Udai Kumar and Pinku Ravidas in the murder case of
Dubey, a young engineer working in the Golden Quadrilateral
Project of National Highway Authority of India, CBI
spokesperson said in a statement, adding the quantum of
sentence will be pronounced on March 27.
The young IIT-Kanpur alumni, who had blown the lid
off various instances of large-scale flouting of rules in
the Golden Quadrilateral Project was shot dead in the early
hours of November 27, 2003 in front of Circuit House, Gaya,
His murder sparked protests across the country amidst
calls for a legislation to protect whistleblowers who
The CBI, which had taken over the investigation of the
case from Bihar police on December 14, 2003 had filed a
chargesheet in the case on September 3, 2004.
Mantu was convicted under sections for murder,
voluntary causing hurt in committing robbery and the Arms Act
for possessing unlicensed weapon, the statement said.
The other two accused persons were convicted for
murder committed in furtherance of common intention and for
voluntary causing hurt in committing robbery, it said.
"During the investigation, CBI arrested four persons,
namely Mantu, Udai, Pinku and Sharvan Kumar, all residents of
Katari village in Gaya, Bihar.
"They had all assembled near Circuit House, Gaya on
the fatefull intervening night of November 26/27, 2003 and
around 3.30 AM on November 27. When Dubey was passing in front
of Circuit House, Gaya in a cycle-rickshaw, the accused
persons robbed him of his belongings and during the ensuing
scuffle, Mantu shot him dead with a .315 country-made weapon,"
the statement said.
The CBI said a briefcase containing documents
belonging to Dubey including his Identity Card were recovered
from an abandoned well and also the country-made pistol were
recovered during investigation.
The agency said Sharvan gave full and voluntary
disclosure about the incident and was made an approver.
First Published: Saturday, March 27, 2010, 15:54