Hyderabad: Rajasthan government has decided to appeal against the judgment of ADJ Court in Alwar that acquitted six accused charge of lynching Pehlu Khan. Khan a native of Haryana was allegedly lynched by the mob when he was transporting cows in a truck along with his sons. The Alwar court on Wednesday gave judgment in the case.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that the State government will appeal against the order of ADJ court. “Our state government has enacted a law against mob lynching in the first week of August 2019. We are committed to ensuring justice for the family of Pehlu Khan,”
Our State Government has enacted law against mob lynching in first week of August 2019.
We are committed to ensuring justice for family of late Sh Pehlu Khan.
State Government will file appeal against order of ADJ.
— Ashok Gehlot (@ashokgehlot51) August 14, 2019
Judgment was delivered after two years of incident in 2017. Fifty-year-old Pehlu Khan was lynched near Behror in Alwar district on April 1, 2017.
Despite Pehlu Khan lynching caught on camera and videos are produced the court acquitted the six accused as the prosecution didn’t send the video for forensic examination and one of the witnesses who took the video turned hostile.
Pehlu’s Son Irshan Khan expressed his dissatisfaction over the judgment and said they will press for appeal in the high court.
Police in 2017 booked a case of cattle smuggling against Pehlu Khan and his two sons. A charge sheet was filed against Pehlu Khan’s sons in December 2018 and, challan filed on 24 May’19. As far as the charge sheet in other 6 cases (registered under Rajasthan Bovine Animal act) are concerned, investigation of 4 of them was completed and a charge sheet was filed on May 2017, that of the fifth case was filed on January 2018.