Court acquits man accused of bludgeoning to death DTC driver
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 19:07
New Delhi: A Delhi court has acquitted a man accused of bludgeoning to death a DTC driver in 2002 after a dispute over a petty issue, saying the victim's nephew, an eyewitness, gave contradictory statements.

"Although a conviction can be based upon a solitary statement of an eyewitness if the same is found trustworthy and reliable ... the evidence of Arun Kumar, when read as a whole, is full of discrepancies, improvements and does not inspire confidence," Additional Sessions Judge A K Arya said.

The victim, who was taking breakfast outside a school at Lajpat Nagar on the morning of April 17, 2002, was bludgeoned to death when he attempted to stop accused Satpal from snatching money from a boy, police had alleged.

Arun, a nephew of the driver and a student of Sarvodaya Bal Vidyalaya in the area, allegedly witnessed the incident and an FIR was lodged by police on the basis of his statement.

He had told the police that the accused hit his uncle with a stone. The victim was later declared dead at the AIIMS.

However, during the trial, he said the stone missed his uncle and the injuries were caused as the victim fell on the ground.

"There are material contradictions in the statement of Arun, such as his statement recorded by police in the hospital on April 17 in which the name of thr accused is given as Satpal but admitted in cross-examination that he did not know the name of the accused," it noted, adding the case was not proved against Satpal.


First Published: Tuesday, January 05, 2010, 19:07

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