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Shibu Soren guilty in murder case, quits cabinet
November 28, 2006 18:05 IST
Last Updated: November 28, 2006 19:46 IST
Union Coal Minister Shibu Soren was on Tuesday held guilty of involvement in the killing of his private secretary Shashi Nath Jha 12 years ago by a Delhi court in the first such conviction of a Union Minister in a murder case.
Additional Sessions Judge B R Kedia found Soren, who is also chief of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, guilty of kidnapping and hatching the conspiracy to kill his secretary.
"Jha had been putting pressures on Soren to get much more financial favours in lieu of his knowledgeof secrets and illegal financial dealings of Soren," CBI chargesheet alleged.
On August 13, 1998, CBI claimed recovery of Jha's Skeleton from Piska Nagari village near Ranchi. The report submitted by forensic science laboratory, Hyderabad, had opined that the skull of the skeleton could have belonged to Jha.
However, the court acquitted two others -- Sunil Khaware and Asish Thakur. Soren, 62, was present in the court when the judge pronounced the verdict.
Earlier, in his tenure in this government, Soren had to resign after a Jharkhand court issued a non-bailable warrant against him in connection with a case of murder during a protest agitation in the early 80's.
He is on bail in the case and was re-inducted into the Cabinet early this year.