NHRC issues notices to MHA, Delhi Police on wrongful confinement of youth in jail
The National Human Rights Commission on Monday took suo motu cognizance of a media report carrying the story of Mohammad Amir, who was released in January after a 14-year-long incarceration in jail, destroying his youth due to wrongful arrest on 27th February1998, from Old Delhi as an alleged 'terrorist' when he had just turned 18.
Amir was acquitted in 18 of the 20 terror cases for lack of evidence against him after the prosecution failed to produce a single witness in any of the cases connecting him to the blasts. The police produced no witness to support the arrest, and the public witnesses, who were present during the Pilakhua raid, flatly refused to support the prosecution during the trial. Chandrabhan, the prosecution's main witness on whose evidence the entire terror case rested stated that he had never seen Amir, and alleged that he was taken to the Chankya Puri Police Station where he was made to sign on blank papers. Reportedly, the trial court had acquitted Amir in 17 cases on the ground that 'there is absolutely no incriminating evidence against the accused.' The Delhi High Court in one of the three cases that went into appeal observed 'the prosecution has miserably failed to produce any evidence to connect the accused appellant with the charges framed, much less prove them'. The trend points strongly to acquittal in the two remaining cases.
(Posted on 11-03-2014)
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