It was mistake that cost two men more than three months in jail. Additional district and sessions judge Anshu Shukla, on Monday, acquitted Sector 37 residents Karan Chopra and Harpreet Singh, after the victims and their families refute charges of kidnap and rape, terming its registration as a mistake. The medical report of the victim also ruled out the possibility of rape and facilitated acquittal of the two youths, in jail since February 2014.
On May 19, the court framed charges against Sector 37 residents Karan Chopra and Harpreet Singh. The girls had then claimed to have been kidnapped and raped by the two men. The police had checked the mobile phone and other details and found the charges to prima facie merit attention.
The case was registered in February after the minor girls had stayed away from home for two days, which they later claimed to have done on their own will.
The minor victims took a complete U-turn, claiming that for birthday celebrations at Kasauli and had cooked up the kidnap story to avoid their parents’ ire. They had reportedly stayed in Shimla and Narkanda during the period. Later, even the father of one of the victims, on whose complaint the case of kidnapping was registered turned hostile, and claimed that the case was registered by ‘mistake’ and on mere suspicion.