Court frees man charged with abduction, rape of sister-in-law

A man has been acquitted of the charges of abducting and raping his 19-year-old sister-in-law by a Delhi court which said hostility of the girl and her mother has knocked out the prosecution’s case.

A fast track court presided by additional sessions judge M C Gupta acquitted Sultanpuri resident Sunil of all the charges, saying as far as his involvement in the commission of offences of rape and abduction is concerned, it has not been sufficiently established by reliable evidence.

“I find that the prosecution has failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt. The hostility of the girl and her mother has knocked out the bottom of the case of prosecution,” the judge said.

According to the prosecution, the accused had enticed his wife’s sister and had raped her in a park after abducting her from her house in July last year.

The girl had resiled from her statement in the court and said her brother-in-law was also residing in the same locality and she had gone out with him for sometime but he had not raped her. They had returned home after half-an-hour but her mother had started an argument with them on why did she go with him and also lodged an FIR against the accused, she had said.

HC upholds life-term

The Delhi High Court has upheld the life sentence awarded to a man by a trial court for killing a cashier while committing robbery at an electricity power distribution company six years ago.

A division bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Siddharth Mridul dismissed the appeal of Dharmender Kumar Pal and upheld the trial court’s verdict.

Pal was posted as a guard at NDPL zonal office New Rohtak Road, where the robbery and murder took place in 2007. The court accepted prosecution’s claim that Pal had shot dead Pramod Pathak, a cashier at NDPL office, and took Rs 2,75,000 from the office.

“On consideration of entire evidence and material appearing on the record, we find that motive is apparent and also stands reasonably proved. The cash of Rs 2,75,000 was found missing from the place and was recovered from the appellant shortly thereafter,” the bench said.

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