Abdul Rauf, a gangster Dawood Ibrahim’s sidekick, has filed an appeal contesting his conviction and life sentence for the murder of T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar. The Bombay high court denied his plea on Thursday. Rauf’s conviction and life sentence were confirmed by the court, which also found him guilty of murder and conspiracy
The high court underlined that Abdul Rauf will not be entitled to any remission in his jail term owing to his criminal past and continuing illegal actions, as well as the fact that he was absconding for a long time after the murder.
Meanwhile, the acquittal of Gulshan Kumar’s business competitor, Ramesh Taurani, was maintained by the high court.On August 12, 1997, T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar was shot dead as he exited a temple in Jeet Nagar, Juhu.
Kumar was killed instantly by three attackers who fired 16 shots at him. Abdul Rauf alias Dawood Merchant, a close associate of underworld boss Dawood Ibrahim, was found guilty of his murder in 2002 and sentenced to life in prison.
The identities of 26 suspects were listed in a 400-page charge sheet submitted by Mumbai police. A few days after Kumar’s death, music composer Nadeem Akhtar Saifee was named as a co-conspirator in the case. The proprietor of Tips Tapes, Ramesh Taurani, was arrested for aiding and abetting his murder. Saifee, on the other hand, has stayed in the UK since the murder.