Mirchpur case: Court raps Haryana police

New Delhi: The handling of Mirchpur Dalits killing incident by Haryana police on Saturday came in for sharp criticism from a Delhi court which held that the possibility of implication of innocent persons in the sensational case under "political pressure" cannot be ruled out.

"The possibility of false implication of many of the accused cannot be ruled out on account of political pressure only to work out the present case," Additional Sessions Judge (ASJ) Kamini Lau said.

The court acquitted 82 of the 97 accused in the case including Vinod K Kajal, the SHO of Narnaud Police station in Hissar district, saying he did not have the ultimate power to take decisions.

"The manner in which the whole thing (incident) was handled was improper. If he goes in, then some senior officials will also go," the ASJ said.

Though the "possibility of extraneous interference cannot be ruled out" in the case, the court said it has acquitted Kajal because neither negligence against him has been proved nor the charge of not performing his duties.

The court orally said the fact that another official of the Haryana government could not be held accountable for his "negligence" because of the legal hurdle that a person belonging to SC/ST category cannot be booked under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

"It is related to office not caste," the judge said.