Lucknow court firing: Gangster Sanjiv Maheshwari Jiva was on Wednesday shot dead inside Lucknow civil court. A cop and a minor girl are also said to be injured. The shooter was dressed as lawyer, eyewitnesses said.
Gangster Sanjiv Maheshwari Jiva was said to be very close to Mukhtar Ansari. "Sanjeev Maheshwari Jeeva who was held in Lucknow jail was brought to the court for hearing in a case and was shot dead by unknown assailant," said Lucknow Police Commissioner S B Shiradkar who reached the court premises shortly after the incident.
Sanjiv Maheshwari Jiva was accused in the killing of Brahm Dutt Dwivedi, former Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister, and a senior leader of the BJP. Dwivedi was shot dead in Farrukhabad district in February 1997.
In 2021, Jiva's wife Payal had written a letter to the Chief Justice of India saying that her husband's life is in danger. Payal had also contested the assembly elections in 2017 on RLD ticket but lost.