SC allows CP shootout victim`s widow to oppose Rathi`s appeal
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Last Updated: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 18:01
New Delhi: The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the widow of businessman Pradeep Goyal, shot dead in Connaught Place here in March 1997 by a Delhi police team mistaking him to be a gangster, during adjudication of the appeal of the team leader and former ACP SS Rathi against his conviction in the case.

A bench of justices P Sathasivam and BS Chauhan allowed Goyal's widow Neema to be a party in the appeal filed by Rathi, agreeing with her submission that it would be in the interest of justice to the victim.

"If the applicant (Goyal) is not impleaded as party respondent in the aforesaid criminal appeal, then irreparable loss and injury may be caused to the present applicant," Neema Goyal had submitted in her application filed through advocate Anil Karnwal.

Pradeep was one of the two innocent persons killed in the encounter carried out by the Delhi Police on March 31, 1997.

Rathi, who had headed the police team during the encounter, was convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment by a Delhi court in October 2007.

The Delhi High Court had in September 2009 upheld the trial court ruling, dismissing the appeals filed by Rathi and other convicts in the case.


First Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011, 18:01

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