Local court acquits three in 2008 murder case
THANE: A local court has acquitted three persons in a 2008 murder case, saying the test identification parade done by an executive magistrate is “not free from doubt” and cannot be relied upon to hold them guilty.
District judge AS Bhaisare, in his judgment pronounced recently, acquitted the three accused — Rajkumar Patil (38), Vikas Aaldar (27) and Yogesh Mhatre (28) — all residents of Kharghar in Navi Mumbai.
Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Dileep Bahiram told the court that Raju alias Rizwan, 35, was travelling to Panvel in a taxi along with his two friends on July 18, 2008.
“Near the Vashi toll naka, a white car tried to overtake the taxi but could not as the taxi driver raced ahead. Later, the car managed to traverse ahead of the taxi and intercepted it. Four people got out of the car and started abusing Raju and also manhandled him,” the APP said.
Raju retaliated, following which the accused attacked him with sharp weapons. He died during treatment, the court was told.
In his judgment, the judge observed that identification parade carried out by the executive magistrate at the Thane central jail was ambiguous.