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Manju’s killer gets death
7 others sentenced to life
Tribune News Service & UNI

Lucknow, March 26
Pawan Kumar, alias Monu, convicted of the murder of S. Manjunath, is to be hanged till death while his seven accomplices have been sentenced to life imprisonment and awarded a penalty of Rs 10,000 each by the district and sessions court in Lakhimpur Khiri today.

With district judge S.M.A. Abidi pronouncing the judgment at 4 pm today in a jam-packed court, the 16-month-long legal process to bring the murderers of the courageous Indian Oil official Manjunath to book finally comes to an end.

After the court met this morning, Justice Abidi heard the prosecution and defence arguments, and adjourned the court till 3.30 pm. Later, he read out the operative parts of a 58-page order spelling out the sentence.

Earlier on March, 23 Justice Abidi had held all eight guilty of the murder of Manjunath and had fixed Monday for deciding the exact quantum of the sentence. Besides Monu, the others who were sentenced to life imprisonment are Rakesh Anand, Vivek Sharma, Devesh Agnihotri, Sanjay Awasthi, Shivkesh Giri, Harish Mishra and Rajesh Verma.

Pawan, convict and son of the owner of Mittal Automobiles Petrol Pump, had conspired to get rid of Manjunath along with his seven accomplices on November 19 , 2005. This was following Manjunath taking upon himself the mission to expose the petrol adulteration mafia active in the region.

Kolar Gold Fields (Karnataka): Expressing satisfaction over the death sentence to Pawan, the IIM-Lucknow alumni’s family members today said they would file an appeal, praying for the gallows for three other convicts.

Manjunath’s father Shanmugham told mediapersons here that they expected more guilty, including Devesh Agnihotri, to be handed out the capital punishment. “We will go in for an appeal after consulting our lawyers and the Manjunath Shanmugham Trust.”

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Trust, parents want gallows for more

The S. Manjunath Trust and his parents on Monday announced that it would appeal in the Allahabad High Court demanding capital punishment for two other convicts along with Monu, who have sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder.

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