The Bombay high court on Thursday rejected an appeal lodged by Abdul Rauf, a partner of gangster Dawood Ibrahim, protesting his conviction and duration handed to him for the killing of T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar. The court vindicate Rauf’s conviction and life sentence handed to him, and also adjudged him murder and conspiracy in the case.
Taking due note of Abdul Rauf’s criminal backdrop and his continued criminal performances and the fact that he was escaping for a considerable period after the killing, the high court explained that he will not be granted any forgiveness in his prison term.
The high court, meanwhile, upheld the discharge of Gulshan Kumar’s business rival, Ramesh Taurani.
Music emperor Gulshan Kumar, the founder of T-Series, was gunned down while coming out of a temple at Jeet Nagar in Juhu on August 12, 1997. Three attackers shot Kumar with 16 bullets, murdering him on the spot. Underworld gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s partner, Abdul Rauf alias Dawood Merchant, was sentenced in his murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2002.
Mumbai cops had filed a 400-page charge sheet containing the names of 26 defamed. Music composer Nadeem Akhtar Saifee was announced a co-conspirator in the case a few days after Kumar’s death. Ramesh Taurani, proprietor of Tips cassettes, was captured for instigating his murder. Saifee has however stayed in the UK since the murder.
Merchant while on bail in 2009, endorsed by the Bombay high court, fled India for Bangladesh. He was seized in Bangladesh after he invaded the country without any authentic documents, and given a five-year jail term. After the end of his first sentence he was caught again in December 2014 over possible terror links. After this he was delivered to Indian authorities by the Bangladeshi government.