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23 years on, Court acquits 4 men accused under SC-ST Act

Hathras(UP, India): After facing 23 years of a relentless court trial, an SC-ST court in Hathras has acquitted 4 men who were accused under the atrocity case. 

The court of special judge SC-ST Act Trilok Pal Singh while acquitted the accused has said that the applicant has failed to provide a medical report of his injuries. The two witnesses who were mentioned in the FIR is having a blood relation with the applicant. Also, both of them had turned hostile.  

Unfortunately, one accused had died during the pendency of the trial. In its order, the court said that the prosecution failed to produce “cogent, reliable, and satisfactory” evidence to establish that the accused had done the crime.

The accused were on bail for the last two decades and facing a criminal trial under IPC 323, 504, 506, 452, and 3(1)(10) SC-ST Act. 

Misuse of SC-ST Act – A concern

In 2018, the Supreme Court of India took notice of the misuse and termed the act as a “tool of doing legal terrorism”. The apex body had directed the government to stop its misuse and turned down its draconian provision of immediate arrest.

However, due to huge unrest, the Modi government had made the act more stringent and overturned the SC order on SC-ST Act. 

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