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ANOTHER ACQUITTAL

JUST A month after the shocking acquittal in the Jessica Lall case, another murder case wound up without conviction. A city court on Friday acquitted five persons who had been accused of kidnapping and murdering cartoonist Irfan Hussain.

india Updated: Apr 01, 2006 01:56 IST

JUST A month after the shocking acquittal in the Jessica Lall case, another murder case wound up without conviction. A city court on Friday acquitted five persons who had been accused of kidnapping and murdering cartoonist Irfan Hussain.

Holding the prosecution responsible for failing to link the accused to the crime, additional sessions judge Talwant Singh acquitted Mustafa Ansari, Sanjay Kumar, Heera Singh, Mohammed Jasim and Mohammed Shahid. A minor is facing trial before the Juvenile Justice Board.

Hussain, a cartoonist with Outlook magazine, was allegedly kidnapped from Ghazipur, east Delhi, and murdered on March 8, 1999. On December 14, the police arrested the five charging them of Hussain's murder.

Five years later, the court said, "The prosecution failed to prove its case against the accused beyond reasonable doubt."

According to the prosecution, the Delhi Police, along with the Jammu Police, had recovered Hussain's car from Anantnag. However, their statements had discrepancies. While a Delhi policeman said the car was recovered 50-60 yards from the Anantnag check post, a Jammu police officer deposed that the car had been chased for 1.5 km. The court said the story "seems as if it is lifted from a storybook”.

Later, a head constable, who heard the statements made by the accused, failed to identify three of them.