By Muslim Mirror Staff
New Delhi : The Supreme Court has dismissed all charges of rioting, murder and terror activities against four Muslims framed as prime accused in the Kanpur riots of 2001. The prosecution failed to provide substantial evidence before the apex court.
Dismissing the appeal of Uttar Pradesh (UP) Government against Syed Wasif Haider and three others, SC bench comprising Justice N.V Ramanna and Justice Mohan M. Shantanagoudar pointed out several flaws in the police investigation.
SC opined that no perversity existed in the judgment of the Allahabad High Court in which Wasif Haider along with Haji Ateeq, Mumtaz and Safaat Rasool had been acquitted on May 29, 2009.
“Heard learned counsels for the parties. At the outset, we would like to state that in an appeal against acquittal, the appellate court would interfere only where there exists perversity of fact and law. Further, the presumption of innocence is further reinforced against the acquitted accused by having a judgment in his favour,” the bench said.
Pronouncing the judgment, the SC bench further stated, “We concur with the aforesaid order of acquittal rendered by the High Court, as the present case is ridden with multiple investigative laches and flaws which goes to the root of the matter. We shall be addressing the same in seriatim.”