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The Karkardooma court acquitted four accused in a Delhi riots case, giving them the benefit of doubt. The court said that it is clear from all the evidence and statements of the witnesses that the prosecution has failed to prove the guilt of the accused. Not only this, the eyewitnesses also turned hostile from their statements.
Additional Sessions Judge Pulastya Pramachala, in his judgement, said in view of the observations and findings that the allegations leveled against the accused persons in this case are not proved beyond reasonable doubt. Therefore the accused Mohd. Shahnawaz Sanu, Mohd. Shoaib alias Chhutwa, Shahrukh and Rashid alias Raja are acquitted of all charges leveled against them in this case. The court noted that the complainant has also stated that his shops were torched by the mob but he had not seen the accused. The complainant stated that he went to the shop and found the shutter of the shop broken and in burnt condition.
Conspiracy cases will take time on bail
The Delhi High Court on Friday adjourned the hearing on a bail plea moved by an accused in a case alleging a larger conspiracy behind the riots, saying individual appeals are likely to take a long time to decide. A special bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar will now hear the matter next on November 21 to decide how bail applications will be heard in future. We will have to make a decision, this is likely to take a long time and we would not like to shortchange any of the appellants in any way. Hear all these appeals every Friday. We do not know when we will be able to finish all these. The bench, which had recently rejected the bail plea of Umar Khalid, also adjourned the hearing on petitions filed by other co-accused persons seeking bail in the investigation by the Special Cell of Delhi Police.