The court of sessions judge Ravi Kumar Sondhi here on Tuesday acquitted five people of murder charge due to lack of evidence.
The incident took place on November 19, 2013, when 21-yearold victim Gurpreet Singh, a resident of Bana village of Sector 25, Panchkula, was dropped on a stretcher outside the emergency of General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.
The hospital referred him to the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, where he was declared brought dead.
The police, on the basis of chemical examination of viscera, said Gurpreet had died of drug overdose and booked five people - Ajay Rana, Amanpreet alias Tony, Surinder alias Sanju, Satwinder alias Sony and Manish Chaudhary - for murder and giving drugs.
As per the case filed with the police, Sanju and Chaudhary took Gurpreet to Mor ni in a Bolero jeep. There, Gurpreet was given drugs and his condition deteriorated. His friends, then, dropped him at hospital
The post-mortem had revealed a spleen injury too which the police concluded after taking medical opinion that he fell off from the foot rest of the jeep which had caused the said injury.
Though the full judgment is not yet available, on the possible reasons of acquittal, Amit Dudeja, counsel for the four accused in the case, said, “The motive in the case could not be proved. The last seen theory could not be proved as the witness did not give statement in that regard. Also, we argued that the victim was a drug addict. We submitted before the court that the victim was himself a drug peddler and was forcing our clients to sell drugs.”
MAN WALKS FREE OF RAPE BID Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla, presiding over the special court for crime against women, on Tuesday acquitted a security guard after the 7-year-old victim failed to identify him.
Brij Mohan (29), a resident of Mauli Jagran walked free after the court acquitted him. Mohan was arrested on March 10, on the charges of attempt to rape his 7-year-old neighbour. When the accused was trying to rape the minor girl, she escaped the bid by biting the accused and ran away.
The case fell flat after the victim failed to identify the accused and the victim’s mother, the complainant in the case, turned hostile expressing her inability to pursue the case.
Following the complaint of the victim’s mother, the police had arrested Brij Mohan. The victim too had identified him.
Brij Mohan was employed as a security guard at a factory in Industrial Area. He had lured the victim with a chocolate and had taken her inside a room.
The victim screamed and raised an alar m. She bit the accused and rushed outside the room. Soon, neighbours gathered and the accused was apprehended and was handed over to the police.