11 ex-cops convicted for 1985 killing of Raja Man Singh

A Mathura court in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday awarded life sentence to the convicts in the 1985 murder case of seven-time MLA Raja Man Singh.

The court in its ruling said all the 11 convicts will be sentenced to life imprisonment. The court on Tuesday held 11 police personnel as convicts for killing the Maharaja of the house of Bharatpur, 35 years after his death.

The Mathura court had been hearing the case since the last two decades. The case was first heard in a Rajasthan court until the Supreme Court ordered it to be shifted to Mathura. It took more than 1,700 hearings for a judgment to be pronounced.

Raja Man Singh was killed in Deeg in Bharatpur on February 21, 1985, amid the heat of Vidhan Sabha Assembly elections a day after he hit his car in the helicopter of then Rajasthan chief minister Shiv Charan Mathur. Two of his associates were also killed in the police shootout. Singh was killed in a police encounter and the Deputy Superintendent Kahn Singh Bhati, under whose orders the policemen fired, was fired from service in the interest of public safety. 

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