Murder accused let off on benefit of doubt
THANE: A local court has acquitted a 24-year-old man in a 2014 murder case giving him the benefit of doubt.
District principal judge SK Kotwal in his judgment, pronounced recently, observed that the prosecution failed to prove the case under IPC section 302 ( murder) beyond reasonable doubt, and hence, gave the benefit of doubt to accused Mohammad Jiyaullah alias Ansari.
Jiyaullah, who worked at a textile factory in Bhiwandi, was accused of killing his colleague Rehman Ansari, aged 25 at the time of incident, on September 1, 2014.
Public prosecutor Sangita Phad, in her submission, told the court that accused and the victim knew each other well.
On the night of the incident, the accused called up Rehman and took him to a place in Hanuman Tekdi and forced him to have a drink. He was found dead the next day in Koni village in Bhiwandi.
The prosecution also said that the victim spoke to his brother over phone on the day of incident. The Nizampura police station lodged a case of murder in connection with the incident against unidentified person.
Defence counsel PS Mahimkar contested the case and said the prosecution had failed to prove the motive behind the killing.
The court concluded that the accused be given the benefit of doubt and acquitted him of all the charges levelled against him.