Two brothers ac­quit­ted of killing woman in 2014

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Thane district court ac­quit­ted two brother of charges of killing a woman.

Ad­di­tional ses­sions Judge HM Pat­ward­han, while pass­ing the judg­ment on Fe­bru­ary 10, cited lack of ev­i­dence and ac­quit­ted the duo, iden­ti­fied as Kr­ishna Janu Ka­madi, 35, and Ja­gan Janu Ka­madi, 25.

The pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor told the court that the ac­cused, their father Janu Dadu Ka­madi, and the de­ceased woman Rami Mali were neigh­bours in Nya­hale vil­lage of Jawhar taluka. On the in­ter­ven­ing night of Fe­bru­ary 16-17, 2014, the trio killed Rami Mali us­ing stones and threw the body in a well in the vil­lage to de­stroy ev­i­dence, said the pub­lic pros­e­cu­tor.

Based on a com­plaint by the vic­tim’s hus­band, the two brothers and their father were booked un­der sec­tions 302 (pun­ish­ment for mur­der), 201 (caus­ing dis­ap­pear­ance of ev­i­dence of of­fence, or giv­ing false in­for­ma­tion to screen of­fender) and 34 (acts done by sev­eral per­sons in fur­ther­ance of com­mon in­ten­tion) of the IPC in Au­gust 2014.

It was al­leged that the trio killed the woman over a dis­pute for an­ces­tral prop­erty. In the course of the trial, Janu Dadu Ka­madi died.

Noth­ing in­crim­i­nat­ing was found against the ac­cused in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Fur­ther, the doc­u­mented find­ings of the po­lice were not ad­mis­si­ble as ev­i­dence un­der the In­dian Ev­i­dence Act, the court noted.

The de­fence coun­sel ar­gued that en­mity over an­ces­tral prop­erty does not nec­es­sar­ily mean that the ac­cused would com­mit such an of­fence. He said there is noth­ing on record that con­nects the ac­cused with the crime.

The court ob­served that the pros­e­cu­tion could not es­tab­lish the con­nec­tion be­tween the ac­cused and the crime or prove any com­mon in­ten­tion to kill Rami Mali. Stat­ing that the pros­e­cu­tion had failed to prove the charges lev­elled against the ac­cused duo, the judge ac­quit­ted them of all charges.

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