Six convicted in Sahani case, quantum of sentence on Dec 7

Judgement on the remaining four will also be given on Dec 7

Six out of 10 accused in the abduction and murder of Sagar Sahani (22) in August 2005 were convicted by a special trial court on Tuesday. The judgement on the remaining four and the quantum of sentence will be pronounced on December 7.

Special judge S P Tawde held Prasad Jagannath Shetty (32), Chhotu alias Arvindbhai Bhiku Dayaram Thanki (46), Vithhalbhai Patel alias Chowdhary (36), Jitendra Shantilal Modha (39), Chhotu Ghisaiwaala alias Ravitsingh Bhadoriya alias Rajput (32) and Nitin Shantilal Modha (33), all residents of Gujarat, guilty of criminal conspiracy, abduction for ransom, robbery and murder under the Indian Penal Code.

They were also held guilty under stringent sections of Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA) since the group was also involved in similar cases before and was also chargesheeted earlier.

Son of a Nigdi-based businessman Satinder Sahani, Sagar was kidnapped on the night of August 14, 2005, from near Dr Ambedkar Chowk in Pimpri. The kidnappers had demanded Rs 2-crore ransom.

After negotiating with Dubai-based gangster Ali Bhai, the family had paid Rs 15 lakh ransom in Mumbai. But Sagar was murdered on August 25, 2005, in Gujarat a day after the money was paid and transferred to Dubai through hawala racket. A day after that Sagar's body was found on Nashik-Vapi highway.

Special public prosecutor Vikas Shah who examined 57 witnesses said there were 11 accused in the case and one of them died during the trial.

He added, "Shamshuddin Mohammad Kunni (36) of Kerala and Aftab Alam Mohammad Ayyub Alam (37) of Uttar Pradesh are still absconding. Another accused Sayyad Abid Hussain alias Ali Bhai (33), who is from Dubai, is in Hyderabad and a separate trial is going on for him."

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