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Guj HC upholds trial court’s acquittal of MLA Kandhal Jadeja in 2005 murder case

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The Gujarat High Court has dismissed two appeals filed against MLA Kandhal Jadeja in the murder of Keshu Nesubha Odedara in Porbandar in 2005.

Gujarat High Court upheld the 2011 order of the Porbandar Session Court acquitting Kandhal Jadeja.

Why the trail court acquitted Kandhal Jadeja

The trial court acquitted Kandhal Jadeja, his mother Santok Jadeja, brother Karan Jadeja and eight others giving them the benefit of doubt in the case. In 2005, an FIR was filed against Kandhal Jadeja, his mother Santok Jadeja, and others for the murder of BJP councillor Keshu Odedara.

Following the acquittal of Kandhal Jadeja and others in the murder case, a relative of the deceased, Dilip Odedara, and the State filed an appeal in 2011 before the Gujarat High Court challenging the acquittal by the Porbandar Session Court. 

Kandhal Jadeja was first taken to the Sabarmati Central Jail following his arrest in 2005 and later shifted to Rajkot Jail in 2006.

NCP MLA Kandhal Jadeja had voted for the BJP in the Rajya Sabha election this year going against the party whip. 

Earlier, the Supreme Court had directed various high courts and subordinate courts to hear criminal matters related to MPs & MLAs regularly. 

Keshu Odedara, a BJP Councillor was shot dead near Kadia plot in Porbandar in 2005.

 

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