SIX ACCUSED SENTENCED TO UNDERGO LIFE IMPRISONMENT RELATING TO MURDER CASE OF RAJAGOPALAN, (HINDU MUNNANI LEADER)

Press Release
New Delhi , 09-09-2011

The Designated Judge for TADA cases at Tirunelveli (Tamilnadu) has convicted six accused persons namely Shahul Hameed; Raja Hussain; Subair; Zakir Hussain; Aziz @ Abdul Aziz & Seeni Nainar Mohammed and sentenced them to undergo Life Imprisonment with a fine of Rs.10,000/- each, relating to murder of P.Rajagopalan, State President, Hindu Munnani, Madurai.

The Central Bureau of Investigation has registered a case u/s.147, 148, 302 IPC & Sec.3(2), 3(3) of TADA 1987 r/w 120-B IPC on 12.7.1996 in its Special Crime Branch of Chennai. Initially the Case (crime No.2490/2004) was registered in Thilagar Thidal Police Station (Tamilnadu) on the allegation of that Shri Rajagopalan, State Hindu Munnani Front Leader was assaulted with Aruval, knife etc., by five accused persons at his house in the early hours of 10.10.94. it was investigated by CB CID of Tamil Nadu Police. Then, it was transferred to CBI on the recommendation of State Government of Tamil Nadu.

CBI Investigation revealed that the accused persons had hatched a conspiracy and killed Sh. Rajagopalan with dangerous weapons by brutally assaulting him with knives, sickles and other weapons due to the perceived activities of the deceased against the interest of Islam and Muslim . On completion of investigation, CBI filed the first charge sheet on 19.09.1997 against accused Shahul Hameed; Raja Hussain; Subair; Zakir Hussain and Aziz @ Abdul Aziz under section 147, 148, 302 r/w 149 IPC & Sec.3(2) and 3(3) of TADA Act, 1987 r/w 120-B IPC. A supplementary charge sheet was filed on 28.07.1998 against Seeni Nainar Mohammed, under section 3(3) and 3(4) of TADA Act r/w 120-B, 302, 147, 148 and 149 IPC.

Charges were framed against the accused persons on 22.3.2001 by the trial court. During the course of trial, 32 witnesses were examined by the prosecution and 74 documents were marked as Exhibits.

This case was sensational from communal angle and this murder led to severe disturbances to public order in the various parts of Tamil Nadu. This case was one of the earlier cases in the terms of communal disturbances. Trial of the case was also posing lot of problem because of different petitions filed by accused persons before various courts. Overcoming all these difficulties, CBI successfully conducted the investigation and trial.

The trial Court found the accused persons guilty and convicted them yesterday.

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