After hearing both the sides, district judge V V Bambarde observed that the identification parade of the accused was conducted after around three months of the date of the incident.So, the identification of accused in jail and in the court by witnesses is not reliable, he said.
The counsel for the accused also pointed at the delay in recording the statements of witnesses.The pair of scissors was recovered from a public toilet, which is accessible to everyone, and there is a mismatch between the blood found on the tool and that of the deceased, the judge noted.The blood on the clothes of one of the accused also does not match with that of the deceased, he said.
So, the prosecution failed to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the accused are the same persons who had killed the man, the judge observed.
Besides, it is not established by the prosecution that the accused robbed the man and in doing so committed the murder, he said while acquitting all the five men recently.
( Source – PTI )