Tus­sle over train seat: Court ac­quits ac­cused in a 13-year-old case

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - MU BAI - Pranali Lot­likar Chin­darkar

The Ses­sions court has ac­quit­ted two men, who were ac­cused of en­gag­ing in a fight over a train seat, in the year 2005, af­ter the com­plainant re­fused to share a seat with the ac­cused which he had il­le­gally re­served for his friend. The court while ac­quit­ting the two held that the in­ci­dent is an old one and by now the ac­cused must have learnt a les­son that com­mit­ting a crime is never a good thing, and thus, re­leased them by ask­ing them to learn from their own mis­takes.

“The case was reg­is­tered against the ac­cused in the year 2005 and since then, they have mostly at­tended the trial court. By now they must have learned a les­son that com­mis­sion of a crime is not a good bar­gain. Con­sid­er­ing that no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tion has been proven against them and the fact that they have faced lit­i­ga­tion for the past 13 years, a le­nient view is re­quired to be taken while im­pos­ing the sen­tence,” the court held while ac­quit­ting the ac­cused.

Rashid Thani and Wasim Khan, both res­i­dents of Mum­bra, had boarded a Tit­wala-bound lo­cal from the Ch­ha­tra­p­ati Shivaji Ma­haraja Ter­mi­nus. When the ac­cused boarded the train, the

vic­tim was seated next to the win­dow and had re­served an ad­ja­cent seat for his friend. When the ac­cused asked him to shift, he re­fused. The ac­cused thus asked his friends to board the train and as­sault the vic­tim. The mag­is­trate court had con­victed the two and sen­tenced them to im­pris­on­ment un­til next morn­ing along with a fine of Rs one thou­sand. The ac­cused had filed an ap­peal against the con­vic­tion.

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