A court in New Delhi has acquitted Delhi Congress MLA Talvinder Singh Marwah and six others of charges of rioting and injuring policemen during campaigning in Lok Sabha elections in 1999.
"All witnesses have stated that the accused (Marwah) was delivering provocative speeches and the crowd started shouting slogans but nowhere have they stated as what the speaker was uttering," Additional Sessions Judge S C Rajan said.
The court absolved Marwah, MLA from Jangpura, and others saying that the prosecution failed to prove as to how he had instigated the crowd to attack the police party.
It also noted that the prosecution witnesses could not name those who had pelted stones and caused injuries to Delhi police Constables Ved Prakash and Joginder during the rioting on September six, 1999 at Sriniwaspuri in south Delhi.
A case was registered against Marwah and others alleging that he had led a crowd of nearly 700 people who had broken window panes of Sun light police post here. They also pelted stones, which left two policemen injured.
According to prosecution, armed with rods and swords, the crowd was protesting the preventive arrest of Congress party workers on September two, 1999 for allegedly creating nuisance after consuming liquor during campaigning in the 13th Lok Sabha elections.
Out of the 15 prosecution witnesses, a Delhi police constable, who had sustained injuries in the incident, had turned hostile.