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Gujarat MLA gets life term in murder case

| | GANDHINAGAR

BJP MLA from Gondal assembly constituency in Rajkot district was sentenced to life term by Gujarat High Court in a murder case on Friday.

The bench of Justice Akil Kureshi and Justice B N Biren Vaishnav gave the verdict against Jadeja and two of his associates Amarjitsinh Jadeja and Mahendrasinh Rana. The court has ordered all the three accused to surrender before the police before the beginning of October.

With this development Jadeja could be disqualified as a legislator unless he gets relief from Supreme Court going forward. Jadeja first became Gondal legislator on a BJP ticket in 1998 and then in 2002. In 2012, he even defeated now BJP office-bearer and former home minister Gordhan Zhadaphia to win Gondal seat. Zhadaphia had contested the seat as candidate from Gujarat Parivartan Party founded by former Gujarat CM Keshubhai Patel.

As a result of political rivalry Jadeja had allegedly killed Nilesh Raiyani in the year 2004 by firing from point blank range. Raiyani and Jadeja were political rivals within same party, who were locked in a dispute over a 35-acre land of erstwhile royal family of Gondal. The trouble began when a guy named Vikramsinh Rana, a close aide of Jadeja, was killed in 2003 over disputed land. The allegations were that faction of Vinu Shingara, who also happened to be district BJP Yuva Morcha president, was involved in this murder. Later in 2004, Vinu Shingara too got murdered. It was alleged that Jadeja was involved with this murder. However, Jadeja was acquitted in the case. Raiyani was close aide of Shigara and hence he too was eliminated. 

 
 
 

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