Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed the plea of Abdul Rauf, a convict in the murder of T-Series founder Gulshan Kumar.
The court upheld the life sentence awarded to Rauf by the Mumbai sessions court. The High Court has clearly held that Abdul Rauf is not entitled to any leniency as he had already fled to Bangladesh on the pretext of parole.
The court has acquitted Ramesh Taurani in this case. On his acquittal, the Maharashtra government has said that they will again appeal in the court against the acquittal of Taurani.
Abdul Rauf alias Dawood Merchant was absconding after the murder and on November 10, 2016, he was caught from Bangladesh and extradited to Mumbai in a fake passport case.
Abdul was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2002 for the murder of Gulshan Kumar and was serving his sentence in Aurangabad jail. In 2009, he came out on parole from Aurangabad jail to meet his family. But he had fled to Bangladesh before the parole ended.
Gulshan was shot dead on 12 August 1997 outside the Jiteshwar Mahadev temple located in South Andheri area of Mumbai. It was revealed in the investigation that Abu Salem had asked singer Gulshan Kumar to give Rs 10 crore.
Gulshan Kumar had refused and said that by paying so much money, he would organize a Bhandara in Vaishno Devi. Angered by this, Salem got Gulshan Kumar murdered through Shooter Raja.
Abu Salem had given the responsibility of killing Gulshan Kumar to two sharp shooters named Dawood Merchant and Vinod Jagtap. On 9 January 2001, Vinod Jagtap confessed that he had shot Gulshan Kumar.
Gulshan Kumar was killed 16 bullets
Gulshan Kumar was going to the temple for worship without a bodyguard. Meanwhile, outside the temple, three attackers pierced him with 16 bullets one after the other.
When his driver tried to save him, the shooters shot him too. Gulshan Kumar was taken to the hospital, but he died on the way.
Salem threatened Gulshan Kumar before killing him
Abu Salem had threatened Gulshan Kumar over the phone before killing him. It was said that they should give protection money of Rs 10 crore every year and also keep giving work to Nadeem. Gulshan Kumar had told this to his younger brother Kiran Kumar.
It is also said that Gulshan Kumar had also given some money to Dawood gang to escape from Salem. They didn’t want to pay the money again.
Gulshan once used to work at a juice shop
Gulshan Kumar was born in 1956 in a Punjabi family in Delhi. He graduated from Deshbandhu College, Delhi. His father Chandrabhan had a juice shop in Delhi’s Daryaganj area, where Gulshan used to work with him.
Gulshan was bored while working in the juice shop. In such a situation, one day his father took another shop in which cheap cassettes and songs were recorded and sold. It was from here that Gulshan Kumar’s career took a turn.
Gulshan Kumar became popular with devotional music
Gulshan formed Super Cassettes Industries Limited Company which became the largest music company in India. He founded T-Series under this music company.
Gulshan opened a production company in Noida. Gradually, he became popular for taking out cassettes of devotional songs and bhajans. Seeing his business growing, Gulshan thought of shifting to Mumbai.
After the death of Gulshan Kumar’s son is handling the work
When Gulshan was murdered, he had already become an international brand in the music world. T-Series’ name also started being in top music companies. If reports are to be believed, T-Series’ business is spread across 24 countries as well as 6 continents.
At present, the T-Series company is being handled by Gulshan Kumar’s son Bhushan Kumar. Many superhit films have been produced under the company. The company produced ‘Ready’ (2011), ‘Aashiqui 2’ (2013), ‘Hate Story 4’ (2014), ‘Baby’ (2015), ‘Bhaag Johnny’ (2015), ‘Airlift’ (2016), ‘Baadshaho’. ‘ (2017) and other films.