Romesh, 5 others convicted in Budhiraja murder case

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New Delhi, Feb 15 (UNI) A city court today convicted former Congress member Romesh Sharma along with five others in the nine-year-old Kunjum Budhiraja murder case.

The quantum of punishment would be pronounced on February 18.

There were seven accused in the case, including the main accused Sharma. Others who figured in the chargesheet included his nephew Surinder Mishra and two women Tejinder Virdi alias Dolly and Jaspreet Virdi alias Sonu.

Additional Session Judge S P Garg, after hearing arguments of the defence and prosecution, convicted Sharma, his nephew and Dolly under Sec 120B (punishment for criminal conspiracy, 302 (punishment for murder) of IPC. The court also convicted Hemchandra, a gangster from Uttar Pradesh, Santram and Ramesh alias Nani under Sec 302, 34 (Acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 120B of IPC.

The court acquitted accused Sonu due to lack of evidence.

According to prosecution, budding fashion designer Kunjum Budhiraja was allegedly murdered at Sharma's South Delhi farmhouse on March 20, 1999 by people engaged by Mishra.

A chargesheet was filed in this matter on June 16, 1999.

During the investigation, it was allegedly found that Surinder Mishra, Dolly and Sonu wanted to get rid of Kunjum as they felt that while they were taking care of Sharma and attending to his court cases, Sharma was giving away his property to Kunjum.

The prosecution said Sharma was also involved in the conspiracy of murdering Kunjum.

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