Saturday, Nov 26, 2022

Shashi Nath Jha Murder Case

Following is the chronology of events in the murder case of Shashi Nath Jha, private secretary to Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren:

July 1993: Shashi Nath Jha, private secretary of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren is said to have come to know about the alleged deal between the Congress party and JMM to save the then P V Narasimha Rao government facing a no-confidence motion.

May 22, 1994: Jha abducted by Soren's close associate, Nand Kishore Mehta alias Nandu and five others from Dhaula Kuan in New Delhi.

May 23, 1994: Victim taken to Piska Nagari village near Ranchi in Jharkhand.

May 24-30, 1994: Nandu, the prime accused, and five others kill Jha in a jungle near Ranchi in Jharkhand and bury his body.

June 2, 1994: Case registered with the Parliament Street police station on a complaint lodged by victim's elder brother Amar Nath Jha.

Aug 1, 1996: CBI takes over the probe following a Delhi High Court order on a petition filed by Jha's mother Priyambada Devi.

Aug 13, 1996: CBI recovers Jha's skeleton from Piska Nagari village in Ranchi.

Nov 11, 1997: CBI arrests accused Sunil Khaware.

Jan 25, 1998: Another accused Asish Thakur arrested.

Jun 19, 1998: CBI arrests Soren in New Delhi and gets 10-day police custody.

Aug 13, 1998: CBI arrests another accused Nand Kishore Mehta alias Nandu, Shailendra Bhattacharya and Pashupati Nath Mehta.

Nov 10, 1998: CBI files its first chargesheet.

Mar 06, 1999: Court frames charges against all accused.

Mar 12, 1999: Soren surrenders in a special court following Delhi High Court order.

May 12, 1999: Prosecution starts recording of evidence.

May 20, 2005: Court concludes recording of evidence after examining 46 prosecution witnesses.

Jan 17, 2005: Statement of accused begins with Soren deposing partially.

Jan 25, 2006: Additional Session Judge (ASJ) B R Kedia takes charges of ongoing trial in the case as the eighth presiding officer after Ajit Bharihoke, P K Bhasin, Mahavir Singhal, I K Kochchar, B B Chaudhury, K C Lohia and V B Gupta.

Apr 7, 2006: Soren answers 130 questions of the prosecution under section 313 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).

Nov 13, 2006: Final arguments commence.

Nov 25, 2006: Court reserves its verdict.

Nov 28, 2006: Soren, four others convicted. Two others— Asish Thakur and Sunil Khaware are acquitted.