Court acquits man after police negligence

February 29th, 2008 - 9:04 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, Feb 29 (IANS) A city court has acquitted a man who was arrested eight years back with low-intensity bombs after the police failed to get the necessary forensic report and prove his involvement. “The unexplained, inordinate delay in defusing the bombs coupled with the unexplained delay in sending the exhibits to CFSL (Central Forensic Science Laboratory) raise doubt in the prosecution case regarding the recovery of the incriminating articles,” Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Sharma said while acquitting East Delhi resident Shammi Alam.

According to the prosecution, the police arrested Alam June 19, 1999 from Seemapuri Chowk area. The police also seized a country-made pistol from him.

A case was registered against him under various provisions of the Arms Act and the Explosive Substances Act.

The prosecution, which examined 16 witnesses, however, failed to convince the court about the alleged sequence of events leading to the recovery of the firearms and the bombs.

While the live crude bombs were shown to have been seized in June 1999, the police claimed these were defused as late as March 15, 2001.

“It is not only highly unsafe to keep live bombs in the malkhana, as they were required to be defused at the same time they were recovered. The delay in defusing the bombs further raises a suspicion as to if they were in fact the same bombs which were recovered from the accused,” the judge said in his order.

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