30 years later, murder case haunts ‘juveniles’

Nine accused in their 40s to face Juvenile Justice Board for alleged role in killing of Kolkata cop.

Kolkata | Published: March 18, 2014 12:12:22 am

Kanchan Chakraborty

Thirty years after Vinod Mehta, the then deputy commissioner (Port Division) of the Kolkata Police, was hacked by a mob at Garden Reach, nine accused who are now in their forties, have come under the scanner of the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB).

Mehta, 35, had led his team to control a communal flare-up at Fatehpur village area in Garden Reach. Over 40 people, including the nine who were then minors, had been booked for murder.

These nine accused, who were then let-off, would now be appearing before the Juvenile Justice Board in connection with this high-profile murder.

The case was reopened in February 2013 at the behest of the Calcutta High Court judge, Justice Kanwaljit Singh Ahluwalia, who also asked the state government to produce the case records.

After the case was reopened, a plea moved in the High Court called for quashing criminal proceedings against the nine accused. But the court refused to agree as the case was “sensitive” but said the same will be transferred to the JJB.

The counsel for the nine, Debashish Banerjee, said the proceedings against his clients were supposed to be heard in the JJB but the trial court in Alipore failed to transfer the relevant records to the board.

From death sentence to life term

Kolkata: In the case, the Additional Sessions court in Alipore had awarded death sentence to the four main accused. However, a retrial was held based on a Calcutta High Court order.

After the retrial, the Additional Sessions court had upheld death sentence to  Nasim alias Naso and Lokman Shah, while it acquitted the two other accused.

Hearing the appeal of the two convicts, the HC upheld the death sentence to Naso and reduced the term of Lokman Shah to life imprisonment. However, the Supreme Court later revised the death sentence of Naso to life imprisonment based on an order passed in April 2001.

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