HC acquits murder convict

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Aug 25, 2014 23:25 IST

The state high court (HC) on Monday acquitted a person, who had been convicted in a murder case and awarded life imprisonment.

While setting aside the life imprisonment awarded by the trial court, a division bench comprising justice Rajiv Sharma and justice Sureshwar Thakur observed that "the prosecution has failed to prove the case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt. Accordingly, the appeal is allowed. Judgment of conviction and sentence rendered by the additional sessions judge (I), Kangra at Dharamshala, is set aside. The accused is acquitted of the charge framed under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), by giving him benefit of doubt."

According to the prosecution complainant Jyoti Devi and her mother Giano Devi had gone for work in the fields of Narender Thakur, resident of Mohtali village in Kangra, when a the convict broke open their door and stole `1,000 and some ornaments.

Giano asked the accused about her money and ornaments in the evening, when he came back in a drunk condition. The accused became furious and started hurling filthy abuses. He picked up a brick and gave its blow on Giano's head, who feel unconscious. She was taken to the Tilak Hospital in Pathankot, where she was declared brought dead.

While allowing the appeal, the court has set aside the conviction and sentence awarded by the trial court, by saying that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against the accused.

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