A court has rejected a plea for a second investigation into the lynching of Mohammad Ikhlaq in Bisada village on September 29 last year.
The district court also refused to allow a plea of Ikhlaq’s family to seek details of the recovered meat recovered.
Ikhlaq was killed and his son critically injured after a mob attacked them over rumours that they slaughtered a calf.
The court said the pieces of meat recovered from Ikhlaq’s house (as those accused of lynching him claim) and near the village power transformer are part of the ‘evidence’ in the cow slaughter case lodged against Ikhlaq and six of his kin.
“The court refused to entertain the application as the demands were illegitimate. Also, there was no signature of the applicant on the letter,” said Ram Sharan Nagar, counsel for the accused.
Last month, Ikhlaq’s family had sought re-investigation in the case and addition of three new names in the FIR. They had also sought details of the meat which belonged to a ‘cow or its progeny’ on forensic examination.
“The applicant’s plea has nothing new… It appears that the application is not fit for further hearing. Hence the court rejects the plea of the applicant…,” the court said in its order.
On the night of September 29, Bisada resident Mohammad Ikhlaq and his son Danish were attacked by a local mob over allegations of slaughtering a cow and storing its meat.
Ikhlaq had succumbed to his injuries while Danish survived with a fractured skull. Eighteen people, including three juveniles, were arrested on charges of murder and assault.
The accused demanded that a case of cow slaughter be registered against Ikhlaq’s family, citing the forensic report of the meat recovered from Ikhlaq’s refrigerator. An FIR of cow slaughter was registered against Ikhlaq and six of his family members on June 15.