After spending 11 months in jail on allegations of rape and molestation of a minor from Khuda Lahora, all five dismissed UT police cops were acquitted of the charges in view of the victim turning hostile and lack of medical evidence.
The dismissed cops coming out after being acquitted at the district courts, Sector 43, in Chandigarh on Tuesday.Pronouncing a brief order on Tuesday, additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla, who was presiding over a special court for crime against women, said, “All accused acquitted.”
The UT police had arrested and dismissed constables Jagtar Singh, 23, Akshay, 24, Sunil Kumar, 23, Himmat Singh, 24, and Anil, 25, on December 19, 2013, after allegations of raping and molesting the victim for months. But, the prosecution failed to prove the allegations.
“The victim had denied being raped in a statement before the court. While failing to identify the suspects before the court, she had claimed that she was in a relationship with Akshay and the issue was blown out of proportion by political parties, social workers and women organisations. The victim as per her statement had gone to the police station to make a request that Akshay should be asked to marry her and a story was cooked-up there owing to political interference,” said Rabindra Pandit, one of the defence counsels, following the acquittal.
“There was no evidence - the victim had turned hostile and was not found reliable. Apart from that even the medical evidence failed to prove the allegations,” added Harish Bhardwaj, another defence counsel in the case.