It took 16 years to get justice for Sushil Gulati, a Delhi man who was falsely implicated of gangraping a differently abled woman by Narender Singh, a former sub-inspector (SI) of the Delhi Police.
The SI did it to get revenge from Gulati, who had accused the cop of molesting his wife.
The charge led to Singh’s suspension following which he plotted a revenge what the court termed as straight out of a “Bollywood pot boiler.”
Singh and his friends, including a lawyer named Hazi Altaf, falsely implicated Gulati of gang-raping a differently abled woman.
“The plot is having strong resemblance which one can come across any revenge drama or potboiler of Bollywood. Accused was a police official of a substantial rank who was feeling fumed and humiliated because of slapping of molestation case against him and his friends,” additional sessions judge Manoj Jain said during the hearing which came up two weeks ago.
The court sentenced Singh and Altaf to four years in jail for falsely implicating Gulati. Gulati died during the course of the trial.
“Police and advocates play a pivotal role in justice delivery system in any criminal matter. They are unquestionably bound by probity, integrity and professional ethics... Though, any advocate enjoys privileged relationship with his client, he has, certainly, no business to frame anyone in a false case,” said the judge, expressing his dismay that arms of the law meant to protect citizens were working to hatch such “impish conspiracies,” the court said.
“Both the convicts did not blink for a second in tarnishing the character of an innocent man and displayed the audacity of playing with law like a ‘pack of cards’ by conspiring to fabricate an innocent man in a serious case of gangrape.”
Judge Jain observed he could not consider leniency when “such protectors of rule of law become destructors, then court must respond with firm hands.”
The court also said that officers of law and court had exploited the “poor economic condition” of the woman by making her “agree to play the role of rape-victim” by luring her with money. The judge said they had played “havoc” with her life as well, and that she was “made a tool” in the “devilish” plan.
Apart from jail time, the two surviving accused were also directed to pay a fine of Rs. 1.5 lakh each. Four men were accused in the case and proceedings were abated against two - the station house officer and the court staff, who helped Singh manipulate documents, died during the course of the trial.
He also directed that legal representatives of Gulati should be paid Rs 2 lakh out of fine as a token for causing damage to his reputation and character.
While asking for the maximum sentence for the accused, public prosecutor Sanjay Jindal argued that it would “to bring some solace to the departed soul.”
“Unfortunately, Gulati is no more alive to see that his malefactors now stand nailed down finally. Culmination point has come little late but it is aptly said that mills of God grind slowly but they grind exceedingly small,” the judge said.