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Pehlu Khan lynching: High Court summons six accused on sons’ plea against aquittal

The Rajasthan High Court on Monday issued a bailable warrant against six persons who were acquitted in the year 2019 in the Pehlu Khan lynching case by an Alwar court, reported Live Law.

Pehlu Khan was brutally killed in 2017 by a Hindu mob that set upon him while he was transporting cows.

The High Court ordered thus while admitting appeal filed by the sons of Khan, Irshad and Arif, and clubbing it with a plea filed by the Rajasthan government against the lower court’s acquittal order.

The court issued “bailable warrants against the accused-respondents to secure their presence before this court in the sum of Rs 10,000, returnable within a period of eight weeks.”

In August 2019, a trial court in Alwar had acquitted the six assailants, giving them the benefit of doubt and observing that the Rajasthan Police probe had “serious shortcomings” and signified “gross negligence.”

The appeal by his sons had been filed against the acquittal of Accused persons Vipin Yadav, Ravindra Kumar, Kaluram, Dayanand, Yogesh, and Bhim Singh.

According to Live Law, the plea submits that there are injured eyewitnesses, who have specifically taken the names of the accused.

The plea by sons also avers that Khan had sustained a number of injuries and had died on account of those injuries received by him and also, the weapons were recovered from the assailants.

Senior advocate Nasir Ali Naqvi, who filed the appeal on behalf of Pehlu’s kin, told Indian Express that “the High Court prima facie found that there was some substance in the appeal, and hence has summoned the accused through bailable warrants.”


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