Senior journalist Abdi acquitted of abetment to rape charge

Senior journalist SNM Abdi, who broke the "Bhagalpur blindings" story three decades back, has been acquitted of the charge of abetment to rape by a local court.

Kolkata: Senior journalist SNM Abdi, who broke the "Bhagalpur blindings" story three decades back, has been acquitted of the charge of abetment to rape by a local court.

After an in-camera trial, Abdi was given a clean chit
by KP Burman, Additional District and Sessions judge, 3rd
Fast Track Court.

Abdi and co-accused Saiful Alam, who is now married to
the complainant, were pronounced not guilty by the judge
yesterday who observed that the prosecution had failed to
prove the case against the accused.

Prime accused Alam and Abdi were charged under Section
376 (g) of IPC.

While Abdi was arrested on September 11, 2009,
following a complaint by a woman filed at New Alipore police
station in South Kolkata, Alam, a railway employee, absconded.

Abdi was granted bail on November 18, 2009, after
spending 69 days in police and judicial custody.

Alam was subsequently granted anticipatory bail by the
Calcutta High Court after he married the complainant.

Pronouncing the judgement, the court noted that the
complainant had said that it was a case of misunderstanding
which had been resolved.

PTI

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