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Prime accused in the Parag Das murder case acquitted

Prime accused in the Parag Das murder case, Mridul Phukan, has been acquitted by the District and Sessions Court, Guwahati, citing lack of evidence. As the accused walked out of the court, human rights organisatons, the media faternity, family and friends of Parag Das termed it as a betrayal by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the court. Parag Das, a prominent journalist and human rights defender was gunned down in broad daylight on May 16, 1996. The verdict came after Das's family, friends and civil society organisations sought justice for 13 long years. CBI is the primary investigating agency in the case.

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Jayanta Phukan's picture

I donot understand how MASS is relating a court virdict with Assam Bandh. If they are not happy with the verdict, it may be forwarded to higher court. Assam bandha cant solve this case
Pallavi Barua's picture

Law is the tool of convenience for those in Power. Just as we condition the air-conditioner according to our needs, law can be conditioned as per the need of those in authority. It is the oldest puppet of human society.
c chaturvedy's picture

Acquittal of a person does not mean that he is innocent. It only means that the charges brought against him have not been proved. People should desist from relating emotions to reality. The courts decide on evidence produced before it by the party who brings the allegation. The allegations should be legally admissible and believable. Indian judiciary has the history of awarding death penalty to a Sessions Judge, because the charges were established.
Rupak's picture

I agree with Pallavi Barua, and also I fail to understand the Assam Bandh culture. Did anything get sorted out in Assam by giving "Assam Bandh"?????
vinay's picture

This verdict has certainly diminshed the little faith we had in our system. Is there no way that the culprits can be punished. Remember The Jessica Lal case , where the common people stand and the media played a major role. Pallavi told the right line, judiciary being the puppet. The gaurdians of this judiciary have no moral dignity or conscience.
bharadwaj's picture

i think the case should be re-raised again..........

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