New Delhi: A man implicated by Delhi Police
for causing the death of a senior citizen by rash and
negligent driving has after a decade of trial succeeded in
demolishing the prosecution theory in the court and proving
that the victim died in an accident between two buses.
Much to the embarrassment of the Delhi Police, the court
said its version has been proved wrong by its own witnesses
for giving benefit of doubt to the accused.
"All the facts shows that the defence taken by the
accused that there was an accident between two chartered buses
is proved by the prosecution witnesses. Thus, this erodes the
credibility of the prosecution version," Metropolitan
Magistrate Ekta Gauba said.
"All the facts of the case show doubt on prosecution
story. Prosecution has miserably failed to prove its case
beyond reasonable doubt and no specific role has been alleged
against the accused.
"The benefit of doubt goes in favour of the accused.
Hence, the accused is hereby acquitted of the charges levelled
against him by giving him the benefit of doubt," the judge
said adding there was no incriminating evidence against the
Mohammed Shariq was accused of hitting an old man Sunder
Lal on July 16, 2001, with his motorbike near ITO causing his
The only eye witness Shankar Thakur cited by the
prosecution turned hostile. "This fact throws doubt on the
prosecution story," the judge said.
Thakur had told the court that the old man, who died
in the accident, was crossing the road without using the zebra
crossing when it was not a green light.
Shafiq, in his defence, had said that on July 16, 2001,
the accident took place between two chartered buses but
the investigating officer came to his house and took his
signature on some documents saying a case would be registered
against the person by whose vehicle he had sustained injuries.
"Later on, I came to know that I was falsely implicated
in the case by the police," Shafiq added.