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Gujarat Minister Babubhai Bokhiria exonerated in murder case

IANS | April 04, 2014, 01:27 PM IST
gujarat minister babubhai bokhiria exonerated in murder case

New Delhi : The Supreme Court on Thursday exonerated Babubhai Bokhiria, Water Resources Minister in the Narendra Modi government in Gujarat,  in the 2005 murder case of his business rival Mulubhai Modhvadiya, who was close to the state Congress chief Arjun Modhwadia.

Allowing Bokhiria’s plea, a bench comprising justices C K Prasad and Pinaki Chandra Ghose said there was no evidence to prima facie show his complicity in the crime.

The bench also quashed summons issued to Bokhiria by a trial court in Porbandar.

The Gujarat High Court had on December 11, 2008, concurred with the order of the trial court summoning him as an accused as there was prima facie strong evidence against Bokhiria as the letter recovered from the deceased incriminated him.

However, differing with the findings of the trial court and high court, the apex court said the note recovered from the victim cannot be considered as a dying declaration as the statement made by him does not relate to the cause of his death or to any circumstance of the transaction which resulted in his death.

"The note, therefore, in our opinion, is not admissible in evidence and, thus, cannot be considered as such to enable exercise of power under Section 319 of the Code of Criminal Procedure," the bench said.

"In the case in hand, except apprehension, there is nothing in the note. No circumstance of any transaction resulting in the death of the deceased is found in the note," the bench said while rejecting the contention of the victim's family.

It further said nothing has come during the course of trial regarding the content of the conversation and from call records alone to show the minister's complicity in the crime.

"From what we have observed, it is evident that no evidence at all has come during the trial which shows even a prima facie complicity of the appellant in the crime.

"In that view of the matter, the order passed by the trial court summoning the appellant, as affirmed by the High Court, cannot be allowed to stand," the bench said and also noted that "it is an admitted position that all those who were put on trial have now been acquitted by the trial court".

In October last year, a trial court in Rajkot had acquitted ten other accused in the case for want of evidence.

Congress leader Mulu Modhwadia was shot dead outside his house in Porbandar on November 16, 2005.

( With Agency inputs)


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