Five acquitted in Irfan murder case
News magazine Outlook's cartoonist was killed by a gang of auto-snatchers in east Delhi on March 8, 1999.india Updated: Mar 31, 2006 16:37 IST
A city court has acquitted five persons, accused of abducting and killing cartoonist Irfan Hussain nearly seven years ago, for want of evidence.
Additional Sessions Judge Talwant Singh, in his detailed judgment, held the prosecution responsible for not being able to establish the complicity of accused.
The judge absolved Mustafa Ansari, Sanjay, Heera Singh, Mohammed Jasim and Mohammed Shahid of the charges of kidnapping and killing the cartoonist.
"In a case of circumstantial evidence, each and every circumstances should be proved independently and the chain of events should able complete proving indulgence of accused in the offence, which was not there in the case," said ASJ Singh.
As per the prosecution, Irfan, who was working as a cartoonist with the weekly news magazine Outlook, was kidnapped and later killed by a gang of auto-snatchers on the national highway in east-Delhi on March 8, 1999.