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Lack of infrastructure led to 13-year trial

Charul Shah , Hindustan Times  Mumbai, April 11, 2013
First Published: 01:40 IST(11/4/2013) | Last Updated: 01:41 IST(11/4/2013)

Owing to lack of infrastructure and courts, it took 13 years for the case against suspended IPS officer AK Jain to conclude.

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Though the case against Jain was registered way back in 2000, the trial commenced only after nine years in 2009, when the first witness was examined.

Inspector (retired) Arun Wable, who headed the investigation, said the case was delayed on account of various reasons.

“Initially, it was due to lack of courts and infrastructure. The first witness was examined only in 2009,” Wable added.

The trial also took five years to conclude. “Even after the commencement of trial, the case was dragged due to non-availability of judges, transfer of cases and a huge number of pending cases in the court,” Wable said.

The sources revealed that due to a large number of pending cases, the priority has to be given to the older cases and cases were decided accordingly.

While the case of bribery against Jain was decided on Wednesday, another case against him and his wife, which was registered for disproportionate assets, is still pending before the court and it may take some more time to conclude.

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