Human Rights

Court orders govt to pay Rs 2 lakh to four men implicated in false case

New Delhi: A city court after drawing inferences from the Delhi High Court for the first time has directed the Delhi government to pay Rs 2 lakh ex-gratia to four men charged in a false theft case.

The court has set free all the four falsely implicated in robbery and arms act by Jahangirpuri police. The court has asked the government to pay Dilip Kumar, Dipak, Ravindra and Vikas to pay Rs 50000 to each. The court also said that if the Delhi government is unable to do so within a month then a copy of the order will be sent to the National Human Rights Commission for further action.

The court in its order mentioned that implicating any innocent in a false case is an act of crime. In its order, the court referred to the newly added Section 357-A in the Code of Criminal Procedure, which calls for compensation for anyone falsely implicated. HC Justice S Muralidhar, in his March 2010 order, had asked the Delhi Police commissioner to write an apology letter to one Prempal for being falsely implicated and also pay him Rs 6 lakh as compensation. Prempal spent 2,349 days in jail between 1991 and 2007.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 11

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