J.P. Masvidal, the ‘Blacklist’ prosecutor, is dead

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A former prosecutor of the Indian National Congress (INC), J. P. MasVidal, who was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in 1989, has been killed in a police gunbattle, the media reported.

Police said on Friday that they had found the body of Mr Masvardi, 62, in a village outside the state capital, Coimbatore, which is home to the state home ministry.

Mr Masvadelli was convicted in a landmark 1992 trial for sexually assaulting the 16-old woman, who had been working as a prostitute in Coimbetore.

The girl had given testimony that Mr MasVadelli, who has since become a renowned prosecutor, would call her at home on a Monday and have sex with her for at least an hour, according to the police.

He was sentenced to life in prison, but was released on parole in 2013.

Mr Mavadelli’s case was widely known to the public.

In 2011, he was the prosecutor in the murder of an elderly man, who Mr Mavadeshi had been accused of killing in his home in Kolkata.

The death of Mr Mavalic is likely to increase the sense of impunity for crimes committed by politicians, activists and public figures in India.

The country has had a string of high-profile deaths linked to politicians and officials since the corruption scandal in 2015, when several prominent leaders including former chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, former president Pranab Mukherjee and the former prime minister Narendra Modi were found guilty of corruption.

Mr Mukherjhi’s death, and the conviction of Mr Modi, has led to a wave of protests and a wave to impeach Mr Modi.