HC acquits man convicted of murder

HC acquits man convicted of murder

The High Court on Friday acquitted a man sentenced to life in a murder case by a lower court in Mandya, as there were huge differences in the statements given by the witnesses and the charge-sheet, postmortem and forensic reports. 

Hearing a criminal appeal filed by the accused Guru, a resident of Mandya charged with the murder of Siddaiah and serving a life sentence, the High Court acquitted him after finding the police investigation riddled with inconsistencies.  

A division bench comprising Justice K Sreedhar Rao and Justice H Billappa pulled up Director-General & Inspector-General of Police (DG&IGP) Lalrokhuma Pachuau, Bangalore Police Commissioner B G Jyothiprakash Mirji, Mandya SP Bhushan and other senior police officers who appeared before the court.

The bench questioned the top brass for submitting different details in FIR, witnesses statements and charge sheet in a criminal proceeding. The bench directed DG&IGP to issue circulars to all police stations in the State for fair investigation in murder cases.  

The bench also directed the police department to have no lapse in the investigation and to file an FIR and charge sheet without any loopholes. The bench observed that once the FIR was filed, an identification parade must be conducted immediately. 

It is mainly due to delay in postmortem and forensic reports, there have been instances where there has been major lapses in the investigation process. 

The bench directed the senior police officers to scrunitise the charge sheet before it is filed and submitted before the court.

Appearing before the court, DG&IGP Pachuau and Commissioner Mirji assured the court that discrepancies will be curbed and circulars to all police stations will be sent shortly.

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