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Delhi Court drops murder charges against two in Delhi North –East violence case

Sushree Mohanty

The Delhi Court has acquitted two individuals charged for attempt to murder in the case concerning the Delhi North-East Violence Case.

The Judge quoted Russian novelist Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky from his famous “Crime and Punishment” novel which read as

 “From a hundred rabbits you can’t make a horse, a hundred suspicion don’t make a proof”

The Additional Sessions Judge Amitabh Rawat acquitted the two individuals- Imran (alias Teli) and Babu due to lack of evidence to frame concrete charges. The judge stated-

“Presumption can’t be stretched to take the shape of proof/evidence. The charge sheet depicts nothing for charging then under section 307 of The Indian Penal Code (IPC) or Arms Act.”

Relying on the lack of evidence to charge the accused, the Hon’ble court passed the judgment dropping all charges against the two persons and dismissed the charges under section 307 of IPC and the Arms Act.

The Delhi Police contended that Imran and Babu were associated with unlawful organizations armed with weapons and were involved in the North–East Delhi riot.

The riot broke out in the Maujpur Red Light area of Delhi.

The Delhi police charged Imran and Babu for offenses under sections 143,144,147,148,149 and 307 of the Indian Penal Code. They additionally booked him under section 27 of the Arms Act.

While delivering the verdict, the court deliberated on the gunshot injury incurred by a person named Rahul. However, the court ruled that the person in question is missing and his statements have not been recorded.

Following an extensive investigation, the Delhi police submitted that Rahul, who was alleged to have been shot by one of the rioters, had provided a false residential address and cell phone number in the Medico-Legal Case.

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