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Court dismisses CBI appeal in Syed Modi murder case

By Our Legal Correspondent

NEW DELHI, DEC. 8. The Supreme Court today upheld an Allahabad High Court order discharging Akilesh Singh, member of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, accused in the murder of the then national badminton player, Syed Modi, in 1988.

A Bench of Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justice A.R. Lakshmanan dismissed an appeal preferred by the Central Bureau of Investigation against the judgment of the Lucknow Bench of the High Court in 1997. With the discharge of Akilesh Singh, who belonged to the Akhil Bhartiya Congress Dal party, three of the seven accused in the case were absolved of all charges.

The prosecution case was that Modi was shot dead by certain persons on July 27, 1988, outside the K. D. Singh Babu Stadium at Lucknow. The CBI cited the alleged relationship between Sanjay Singh and Amita as the main reason behind the conspiracy but the trial court in September 1990 held that there was no evidence to link Sanjay Singh and Amita to the crime and discharged them from the case.

The High Court and the apex court had upheld their discharge from the case.

Charges were framed against Akilesh Singh, Amar Bahadur, Bhagwati Singh, Jitendra Singh and Balai Singh. Later, Akilesh moved the High Court against the trial court order on the ground that once the two key accused were discharged from the case, there was no material to proceed with the case against him. The trial court and High Court discharged him and the CBI filed the appeal in the Supreme Court in 1997.

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