Guilt of the Innocents
This refers to ‘Searing Indictment by Supreme Court’ (ET, May 22). The crime branch of Gujarat police rounded up six innocents within a day, ‘solved’ the case and proceeded against them. They took the matter to courts on the basis of confessions obtained through torture. The home minister of the state sanctioned their prosecution under POTA without even looking at facts and the way the crime branch acted. Even the courts, including the High Court, passed judgments on the basis of fabricated evidence and confessions under duress. Luckily for the six innocents, the matter reached the SC, and there the real story unfolded. Otherwise, three innocents could have gone to the gallows, two to life imprisonment and one to ten years in jail.