Gulshan Kumar was shot dead by assassins on August 12, 1997. Abdul Rauf AKA Daud Merchant was given life term in the case in 2001, which he challenged. The Bombay High Court on July 1, 2021, upheld the earlier decision in the case.
The Bombay High Court on Thursday (July 1) dismissed an appeal filed by Abdul Rauf challenging his conviction and life term for the murder of T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar, in August 1997. In April 2002, Sessions Judge ML Tahilyani (as he then was) sentenced Abdul Rauf alias Daud Merchant to life imprisonment. Rauf had appealed against this decision. He was one of the assassins in the murder case. The court further dismissed an appeal by the Maharashtra state government against the acquittal of accused Ramesh Taurani.
Gulshan Kumar, the owner of T-Series, was shot dead while coming out of a temple in Mumbai on August 12, 1997. The killers, including Rauf, had been keeping a tab on Kumar’s movement for over two months before they fired bullets at him. This was allegedly done at the instance of the Dawood Ibrahim gang.
A QUICK RECAP
August 12, 1997: Gulshan Kumar was shot dead on his way to a temple in Mumbai’s Andheri. Three assailants had shot 16 bullets, killing him on the spot.
August 30, 1997: Music composer Nadeem Akhtar Saifee of composer duo Nadeem-Shravan was declared a co-conspirator in Gulshan Kumar’s murder. Kumar had allegedly angered Nadeem by not giving proper publicity to his album Hai Ajanabi. Nadeem was later acquitted in the case. He has been in the United Kingdom ever since.
October 1997: Ramesh Taurani, owner of Tips, was also arrested on charges of abetting the crime. Taurani allegedly paid Rs 25 lakh to Gulshan Kumar’s killers. The police, however, failed to establish the accusation in court. Taurani’s Tips Cassettes was the main rival of Gulshan Kumar’s T-Series during that time.
November 1997: The police filed a 400-page charge sheet where 26 people were accused. Fifteen people were arrested. One of the accused, Mohammed Ali Shaikh, turned approver in the case. The chargesheet filed by the police in the sessions court stated that the plot to kill Gulshan Kumar had been hatched in Dubai, in the office of Dawood Ibrahim’s brother, Anees.
January 2001: Abdul Rauf alias Daud Merchant, one of the assassins, was arrested from Kolkata.
June 2001: Trial in Gulshan Kumar’s murder case began.
April 2002: 18 of the 26 accused were acquitted. Abdul Rauf was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment.
July 1, 2021: The Bombay High Court upheld Abdul Rauf’s conviction. Rashid Merchant, brother of Rauf, who was acquitted by the lower court, has also been sentenced to life. The court dismissed the state government’s appeal against the acquittal of accused Ramesh Taurani.
News source: INDIA TODAY