The hearing in Khairlanji murders, in which four members of a Dalit family were mercilessly, was adjourned till June 30.
The Nagpur bench of the Bombay High Court adjourned the hearing when the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sought time, as its regular counsel was busy.
On September 29, 2006, following a land dispute, a group of villagers killed four members of Bhaiyyalal Bhotmange’s family, including his wife, Surekha and daughter Priyanka, at Khairlanji in Bhandara district.
The first ad-hoc session court of Bhandara had awarded death sentence to six people while two others were given life imprisonment in September 2008.
Later the CBI made an appeal before the high court against the life imprisonment of two, Gopal Binjewar and Shishupal Dhande and against acquittal of eight accused from the offences under the SC/ST Atrocities (Prevention) Act and other relevant acts.
While hearing the case, a division bench, comprising Justices AP Lavande and PB Varale asked the investigating agency to make alternate arrangement if its regular counsel was not able to appear before the court.
However, CBI assured the court that its counsel, Ejaj Khan would be able to appear from the next hearing.