Phoolan Devi, then a Samajwadi Party MP from Mirzapur constituency in Uttar Pradesh, was shot dead from close range by three masked gunmen in front of her Ashoka Road residence here in the heart of the capital's VIP area as she returned home for lunch after attending Lok Sabha on July 25, 2001. Sher Singh Rana, the lone convict in the sensational murder of bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi here in 2001, was today awarded life imprisonment by a Delhi court which also imposed a fine of Rs one lakh on him. Additional Sessions Judge Bharat Parashar pronounced the order on sentence in a jam-packed courtroom where some of the family members and supporters of Rana were also present.
Following is the chronology of events in the bandit-turned-politician Phoolan Devi murder case in which prime accused Sher Singh Rana was today sentenced to life imprisonment:
July 25, 2001: Phoolan Devi shot dead
July 27: Prime accused Sher Singh Rana arrested from Dehradun.
July 28, 29: Phoolan's PSO, who sustained serious bullet injuries, records his statement before police.
September 18, 2002: Court frames charge against the accused.
May 6, 2004: Rana runs away from Tihar Jail.
April 24, 2006: Rana arrested in Kolkata and brought to Delhi.
November 13, 2013: One of the accused dies in Tihar jail.
July 16, 2014: Court reserves order.
August 8, 2014: Court convicts Rana for murder and other charges, acquits 10 others.
August 14, 2014: Court sentences Rana to life imprisonment.