Mumbai ex-cop Pradeep Sharma jailed for life in 2006 fake encounter case

12:39 PM Mar 20, 2024 | PTI |

Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday convicted and sentenced former policeman Pradeep Sharma to life imprisonment in connection with the fake encounter of Ramnarayan Gupta, an alleged close aide of gangster Chhota Rajan in 2006, in Mumbai.


A division bench of Justices Revati Mohite Dere and Gauri Godse quashed the sessions court’s 2013 judgment acquitting Sharma, terming it as “perverse” and “unsustainable”.

“The trial court had overlooked the overwhelming evidence available against Sharma. The common chain of evidence unerringly proves his involvement in the case,” the court said.

The bench directed Sharma to surrender before the concerned sessions court in three weeks.

The high court also upheld the conviction and life sentence imposed by the trial court on 13 persons, including policemen, and quashed the conviction and life sentence of six other accused and acquitted them.


Twenty-two persons, including 13 policemen, were charged for the murder.

The sessions court in 2013 acquitted Sharma due to lack of evidence and convicted 21 accused and sentenced them to life imprisonment. Of the 21 accused, two died in custody.

While the accused filed appeals in the high court challenging their conviction, the prosecution and the victim’s brother Ramprasad Gupta filed an appeal against Sharm’s acquittal.

Special public prosecutor Rajiv Chavan had argued that in the present case, officers who were custodians of law and order were themselves involved in a stage-managed cold-blooded murder.

The prosecution seeking Sharma’s conviction in the case had argued that the former policeman was the main conspirator and chief of the entire operation of abduction and murder.

On November 11, 2006, a police team picked up Gupta alias Lakkhan Bhaiya, from neighbouring Vashi on the suspicion that he was a member of the Rajan gang, along with his friend Anil Bheda, and killed Gupta in a “fake” encounter near Nana Nani Park in suburban Versova the same evening.


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