Embarrassment for Akhilesh! SP MLA sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002 murder case

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Jalaun, Jan 5: In a major embarrassment to Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh, a ruling Samajwadi Party MLA Kaptan Singh Rajput was on Monday sentenced life imprisonment in 2002 murder case.

UP: SP MLA sentenced to life imprisonment
The SP legislator from Charkhari, was on Saturday held guilty along with his brother by a local court here in a 13-year-old murder case, during the quantum of punishment.

The MLA now faces disqualification as per the Representation of People's Act which bars convicted lawmakers from being a part of the legislature. An MP or MLA faces disqualification on conviction by a court in a criminal offence with a jail sentence of two years or more.

Earlier on Saturday, a special judge (anti dacoity) Sanjay Kumar convicted the SP MLA and his brother Laxman Singh after which they were sent to jail.

According to the prosecution, Kishan was attacked and killed by Kaptan and his brother on April 20, 2002.

An FIR was lodged against Kaptan, Laxman and nine others in this connection.

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