For 15 years a city court pondered over an offence of stone throwing by three accused during a demolition drive. One accused and one eyewitness died during the trial; but the case remained pending.
Finally, an additional chief metropolitan magistrate at Saket court complex acquitted the lone accused stating police investigations were not coherent with the case registered.
The Delhi Police registered a criminal against Sripal (expired), Rati Ram and Rishipal Sharma for throwing stones during a demolition drive in southeast Delhi's Asola in June 1996. Venting out his anger at the police investigations, the judge said, "In this case, witness PC Bhardwaj expired before his testimony and witness Rakesh Gupta was not examined by the state. The only eyewitness examined by the state was SK Srivastava, who could not identify the accused Rati Ram and thus only could identify accused Rishipal."
The court noted that the deposition of all the 10 witnesses in the case is full of contradictions. Rapping the police, the judge observed that according to deposition of one witness (a public officer), the land in dispute does not come under their jurisdiction and as such he was not having any role with the said demolition.
The judge said, "No case is made out against accused Rati Ram and further, the deposition of witnesses visa-a-vie documents on record is quite contradictory and raises doubt."
"Hence, accused Rati Ram and Rishipal are acquitted," added the judge.