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SC upholds Delhi HC order acquitting Shibu Soren in Shashi Nath Jha murder case

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.

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court today has upheld Delhi High Court’s August 22, 2007 order of acquiting JMM chief Shibu Soren.

Shibu Soren and four others were alleged in the murder of  Shashi Nath Jha, private secretary of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha chief Shibu Soren. CBI had arrested Soren and four others in 1998.

The bench of Justices A K Goel and R F Nariman refused to interfere with the Aug 22, 2007, verdict of the Delhi high court which had set aside the trial court judgment holding Soren, former Union Minister, guilty in the case.

The trial court had awarded life imprisonment to JMM chief and four other convicts in 2006.

Soren later moved to Delhi High Court challenging the decision.

Delhi High Court in 2007 acquitted Soren and others, stating the trial court order as “far from convincing.”

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