Accused Murderer Released Due to Lack of Evidence After 35 Years of Prosecution: Meghalaya High Court

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Facts of the case

On 20-07-1985, at about 8 p.m. the denounced people, Shri. Alphon Khardewsaw (present appealing party) and Shri. Alarm Marshiangbai of Tiring. Attacked the expired at Rwiang on the PWD primary street. With a hammer, stones, and an iron chain causing different broken injuries on the top of the expired, and the victim succumbed to his injuries.

The deceased’s family members on hearing the hue and cry of the deceased rushed to the spot while the accused persons fled away from the spot. During the investigation, several witnesses were produced. From that point, the assertion of the blame was recorded under Section 313 CrPC in the long stretch of December 2003. After reviewing the statements given by witnesses and the pieces of evidence produced. The District Court convicted and sentenced Shri. Alphon Khardewsaw.

Arguments made on behalf of the Petitioner

MrK.C. Gautam learned advice for the litigant took the Court through the testimony of witnesses, particularly the supposed observers. Furthermore, presented that there are intrinsic logical inconsistencies. He expressed that the prosecution has not inspected the Investigating Officer and the Doctor who directed the dissection on the perished. The inconsistency couldn’t be welcomed on record, and incredible bias is caused by the litigant. Moreover, it was over presented that without proof of the Doctor. The prosecution neglected to prove that the demise of the expired was maniacal. Furthermore, in this way incredible bias is caused to the accused.

Arguments made on behalf of the Respondent

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Mr K. Khan learned Sr. Public Prosecutor went against this allure. He presented that proof of the observers. has completely upheld the arraignment case with regards to the event, despite the way that the Doctor and the Investigation Officer couldn’t be analyzed, the accused has appropriately been heard and condemned by the Court and no bias has been caused because of non-assessment of these witnesses. Furthermore, the prosecutor stated that the arraignment neglected to inspect the Doctor. As well as the Investigating official, too. The non-examination of the Investigating Officer has made incredible bias to the safeguard as a logical inconsistency in the proof of the eyewitnesses couldn’t be bought on record.

The ratio of the Court

In the current case, assessment under Section 313 CrPC of the accused was not careless, but arraignment additionally neglected to inspect the Investigating Officer, the Doctor. On that check likewise, extraordinary bias is caused to the accused.

Decision Of the Court

The Court stated that the view that the accused could not have been convicted and sentenced by the trial Court. So the accused is entitled to be given the benefit of the doubt. Hence the appeal is allowed, and the accused is proven innocent.

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