Man gets 40 days jail in 37-year-old assault case
By Team Legistify / 2017-11-08

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Around 8pm on June 14, 1980 , Ram Lagan's pet barked at Tribhuwan, who hurled filthy abuses at the pet owner and his son in front of their family members.The five convicts appealed against the trial court verdict before Allahabad HC, which took 24 years to decide the appeal . Under the IPC, launching murderous attack on a person is punishable with a jail term of up to seven years.

NEW DELH I: After a classic case of delay that erodes public faith in the judiciary, the Supreme Court drew curtains on a 37-year-old case of murderous assault by sentencing the lone surviving convict to just 40 days' imprisonment , which he had undergone during trial and hence would not be required to go back to jail.

The case from Azamgarh in UP has a bizarre genesis. A pet dog's barking infuriated a passerby to such an extent in June, 1980 that he came back with his associates to launch a murderous attack on the pet owner, who succumbed to injuries a few days later.

Around 8pm on June 14, 1980, Ram Lagan's pet barked at Tribhuvan, who hurled filthy abuses at the petowner and his son in front of their family members. It led to sharp abusive exchanges.

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Police filed chargesheet against Tribhuwan and his five accomplices 1981. The sessions judge gave his verdict on January 1982. He convicted five of the accused, including Tribhuwan, but acquitted one. It sentenced one to life imprisonment for murder and others to four years' in jail. The five convicts appealed against the trial court verdict before Allahabad HC, which took 24 years to decide the appeal. The HC altered the life imprisonment to imprisonment for 10 years to one accused and set aside the jail term of others by imposing fine of Rs 10,000 on each. The state government appealed against the HC decision in the SC.

During the pendency of the appeal for 10 years in the SC, three of the accused died and appeal against one was dismissed in 2010 for non-compliance of SC orders by the state. The lone appeal against Tribhuwan was put up for scrutiny before a bench of Justices R K Agrawal and A M Sapre.


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