High Court ac­quits two in 19- year-old case of mur­der

The Political and Business Daily - - METRO/NCR -

AF­TER nearly two decades rpt decades of a le­gal bat­tle in a mur­der case, two per­sons, sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment, have been ac­quit­ted by the Delhi High Court say­ing the "pros­e­cu­tion has failed to prove its claims in the case."

Re­vers­ing the trial court's con­vic­tion and sen­tence or­der against In­der Singh and Ran­vir alias Kuddu, a bench of jus­tices Pradeep Nan­dra­jog and V Kameswar Rao re­jected the pros­e­cu­tion claim that the de­ceased Sur­jit Singh was picked up from his home force­fully on the date of in­ci­dent by the ac­cused and af­ter that he had not re­turned.

Re­ject­ing the tes­ti­monies of the brother of the de­ceased and also the state­ments of other pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses for their fail­ure to in­form po­lice about it on time, the court said there are dis­crep­an­cies in the tes­ti­monies of pros­e­cu­tion wit­nesses on the claim that the

de­ceased had been taken away by the ac­cused on the fate­ful night.

"......We hold that the pros­e­cu­tion has not been able to es­tab­lish that the de­ceased was forcibly taken away by the ac­cused from his ten­anted premises on the night of March 25, 1994," the bench said.

"We al­low the ap­peals and set aside the im­pugned judg­ment and or­der dated June 12, 1998 con­vict­ing the ap­pel­lants (Singh and Kuddu) for hav­ing com­mit­ted the of­fences they were charged with. The ap­pel­lants are ac­quit­ted. The bail bonds and surety bonds fur­nished by the ap­pel­lants are dis­charged," the bench said.

The court also found dis­crep­an­cies in the state­ment of fa­ther of the de­ceased and said "we need not ex­am­ine the var­i­ous con­tra­dic­tions/dis­crep­an­cies pointed out by the coun­sel ap­pear­ing for the ac­cused for the rea­son we find that it is highly im­prob­a­ble that ac­cused per­sons would have made an ex­tra-ju­di­cial con­fes­sion to the fa­ther of the de­ceased."

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