SRINAGAR: A court in Srinagar on Tuesday acquitted a juvenile arrested late last year of all charges because the police failed to produce any evidence against him.
While passing the acquittal orders, Chief Judicial Magistrate Massarat Shaheen remarked that the prosecution hadn’t produced any witness against the juvenile though they were given seven opportunities as well as court-provided assistance. Nonetheless, they still failed miserably at the task they had been assigned.
The court also noticed that the investigating officer had not conducted any identification parade of the persons involved in the offences, nor had he proved the FIR, site plan and seizure memo. Therefore, the identity of the juvenile remains doubtful, and he has thus been acquitted of all charges and is released from bail bonds. The case against him has been dismissed as not proved.
The case diary states that on 10 November 2016, FIR No 113/2016 was lodged at police station Nowhatta under sections 148, 149, 336, 353 and 427 RPC against a juvenile from Malratta, Nowhatta, for taking part in stone pelting incidents. The juvenile was arrested from Gojwara Chowk.
A charge sheet was filed in the court whereby the juvenile denied the charges and asked for trial. The statement of the juvenile was recorded under section 242 CrPc and direction was passed to the prosecution to bring witnesses in the case which, however, the prosecution did not do.