Guilt of the In­no­cents

The Economic Times - - The Edit Page - MA HAQUE

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.

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