Giving new hope to the family members of Pehlu Khan, the Rajasthan government has decided to re-investigate the case and constitute an SIT in the lynching case.
“Our hopes have revived after this order of the government. But, we’ll go to High Court also,” said Pehlu Khan’s wife had reportedly said.
On Wednesday, a local court in Alwar had acquitted all six men accused of lynching Pehlu Khan in 2017. The acquittal had shattered the family as the accused men were let off on the benefit of the doubt.
Now after the recent decision has revived the hopes within the family, which is now hopeful and say they are now assured of getting the justice.
Pehlu Khan’s younger son was also shattered when he heard about the judgement. Mubarik, who drives a lorry, has invested nine months of his earning in pursuing the case in court.
He alleged that justice was denied because police diluted the case and produced no evidence.
In 2017, a cattle trader Pehlu Khan was beaten to death on suspicion of smuggling cows allegedly by self-proclaimed cow vigilantes or gau rakshak.
Two days after all six accused in the case were acquitted, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, at a high-level meeting took the decision.
Following the verdict on Wednesday, Ashok Gehlot had said that the government will appeal against it in the higher court and will take the help of a senior lawyer.
This will be done once the investigation by the SIT is over. The SIT will probe and identify lapses and irregularities in the initial police investigation.
The acquittal by the lower court had shocked many in the political and judicial arena.
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrote on Twitter, “The lower court decision in the Pehlu Khan case is shocking. There should be no place for inhumanness in our country and the murder by a mob is a heinous crime.”
While delivering the Literature Live Independence Day lecture in Mumbai on Saturday, Justice D Y Chandrachud said, “I tell you this is one of the great torments of being a judge because you’ve to decide on basis of evidence, as it stands and then you find that police investigation has been so woefully inadequate that it’s going to result in acquittal.”
Recently, the Rajasthan legislative assembly, in a first in the country, passed ‘The Rajasthan Protection from Lynching Bill, 2019’ providing life imprisonment and a fine from ₹1 lakh to ₹5 lakh to those convicted in the cases of mob lynching leading to the death of victim.