Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Uttar Pradesh's Hamirpur district, Ashok Chandel, on Friday was sentenced to life imprisonment after he was found guilty in a 22-year-old murder case.
He was sentenced by the Allahabad High Court for his involvement in the murder of five people on January 26, 1997.
A bench of Justice Ramesh Sinha and Justice D.K. Singh also sentenced 10 others to life imprisonment.
Rajiv Shukla, the victim's family member, told IANS: "Three people from my family -- elder brothers Rajesh Shukla and Rakesh Shukla and nephew Ganesh -- were killed along with our security guards Ved Prakash Nayak and Shrikant Pandey."
He said he approached the High Court after a lower court acquitted the accused.
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