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No place for Taliban-style justice: Delhi HC ex-judge

09 Dec 2019 | 7:42 AM

NEW DELHI:Against the backdrop of the Hyderabad rape-murder incident and gunning down of the four accused in an alleged encounter, former Delhi High Court judge RS Sodhi today said it was the duty of the police to protect the accused and there was no place for 'Talibani justice' in the country.

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New Delhi, December 8

Against the backdrop of the Hyderabad rape-murder incident and gunning down of the four accused in an alleged encounter, former Delhi High Court judge RS Sodhi today said it was the duty of the police to protect the accused and there was no place for 'Talibani justice' in the country.

In an interview, Sodhi said the four accused in the Hyderabad veterinarian rape and murder case were sent to police custody and it was the duty of the policemen to protect them. The police did not think well before making up the story that the accused had to be killed because they tried to flee. It is difficult to believe that 15 policemen present at the spot could not catch the four accused, he claimed.

"I am not convinced with the police version of the events and there should be an independent investigation into the encounter," Sodhi said. He said it was never proved that the accused were guilty. The retired judge claimed that the police investigated the matter, tried the accused and executed them. If police take judicial process into its own hands, it can never be legitimate, Sodhi said.

"The Constitution does not consider it as justice done if an accused is shot dead before getting a chance to prove innocence. This Talibani form of justice may be acceptable in any other country, but it has no place in India," he said. If an accused dies in police custody, some investigative agency has to check whether the person was killed by the police or not, Sodhi said, adding that according to the guidelines of the Supreme Court, an independent inquiry must be conducted in such cases. On the 2017 NCRB data showing low conviction rate in rape cases, Sodhi said if around 33 per cent accused were convicted and 67 per cent acquitted, it can also mean that most of the person charged were found not guilty. He said if the guilty person was set free due to laxity in the judicial system, we should strengthen the system. Gunning down accused in rape cases is not the solution, the retired judge added. — PTI

NHAI gets land for Meerut expressway

09 Dec 2019 | 7:42 AM

GHAZIABAD:The district administration has handed over 71 hectares to the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for the construction of the Delhi-Meerut expressway here, an official said here today.

New policy on seized liquor

09 Dec 2019 | 7:42 AM

NEW DELHI:In a first, people can now buy seized liquor at 25 per cent cheaper prices than prevailing market rates as the Delhi government has issued an order to sell such liquor.

Four Afghan nationals held with Rs 35L foreign currency

Four Afghan nationals held with Rs 35L foreign currency

08 Dec 2019 | 6:50 AM

NEW DELHI: Four Afghan travellers have been apprehended with over Rs 35 lakh foreign currency by CISF personnel at the Delhi airport, officials said on Saturday.

YMCA launches Christmas festivity for senior citizens

08 Dec 2019 | 6:50 AM

NEW DELHI: The New Delhi YMCA today launched its unique Christmas festivities hosting a get-together for senior citizens with over 100 of them from various old age homes in the capital organising a lunch and a musical show.

Delhi air quality ‘very poor’

Delhi air quality ‘very poor’

08 Dec 2019 | 6:50 AM

NEW DELHI: The air quality in the national capital was in the "very poor" category Saturday morning. The overall air quality in the city was 370 at 9.45 am; it was 'severe' with an AQI of 404 at 4 pm Friday.

Three nabbed for Rs 15L robbery

Three nabbed for Rs 15L robbery

08 Dec 2019 | 6:50 AM

NEW DELHI: Three persons have been arrested for allegedly robbing the cashier of a private company of around Rs 15 lakh at gun-point in Shahdara's Geeta Colony area, police said on Saturday.

Take note of ex-PM’s ’84 riots statement, says DSGMC chief

Take note of ex-PM’s ’84 riots statement, says DSGMC chief

07 Dec 2019 | 12:08 PM

NEW DELHI:The Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) today appealed to the Supreme Court (SC) to take notice of the statement of former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and order a probe into the matter.

7 held for stealing train passengers’ luggage

07 Dec 2019 | 7:42 AM

NEW DELHI:Seven persons have been arrested from the New Delhi Railway Station on the charge of committing theft on trains, and stolen items worth Rs 20 lakh were recovered from them, police said on Friday.

Three robbers arrested

07 Dec 2019 | 7:42 AM

NEW DELHI:Three men were arrested for allegedly robbing people of their belongings on highway after offering them lifts, police said on Friday.

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