A month after Allahabad HC pulled it up, Sitapur police shut ‘cow slaughter’ case

A month after the Allahabad High Court pulled up the Sitapur Police over a case registered below the UP Prevention of Cow Slaughter Act in February, the police have submitted a closing report within the matter in a neighborhood courtroom and closed the case.

At a listening to on May 17, the courtroom had noticed that provisions of the Act had been wrongly invoked towards 22-year-old Suraj, the applicant. The courtroom gave the police two weeks to file a reply. It additionally granted bail to Suraj, who had been booked below sections three and eight of the Act on February 25 together with three others — Ibrahim, Aneesh and Shahzad. Suraj had been in jail because the registration of the case.

A police officer in Sitapur instructed The Indian Express Friday that after the High Court’s observations, a contemporary probe discovered “no evidence against the accused”. As a end result, the case was closed, and a closing report was submitted to a neighborhood courtroom.

“The final report was submitted in a local court after a direction came from the Allahabad High Court. In its order, the High Court raised some issues with the case, and subsequently, the case was closed and a final report was filed in a local court,” he added.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Rakesh Prakash Singh refused to touch upon the case “as it was pending in court”.

During a listening to on Wednesday, the Additional Government Advocate (AGA) submitted he would file the report in compliance with the May 17 order inside a day. The courtroom granted Suraj’s counsel Dileep Kumar Yadav per week to reply to the AGA’s report. The case has been listed for listening to on June 24.

On February 25, the FIR towards the 4 accused was registered primarily based on a police criticism alleging that one among its groups had overheard a dialog between the accused about slaughtering three calves. According to the FIR, primarily based on a tip, the police staff had “carefully crept up to the aforesaid persons and had heard them talking with each other in the bushes that they had slaughtered three calves and have received huge amount of money and that now they were having two bulls in their possession and planned to slaughter them too”.

After perusing the FIR, the courtroom mentioned, “It clearly comes out that neither the bulls which were found in possession of the applicant had been slaughtered nor were maimed or had any physical injury”.

On May 17, the courtroom mentioned it might have “parted with the case” after granting bail however it “finds it in the interest of justice to direct the Superintendent of Police, Sitapur, to file his personal affidavit” concerning “the averments made in the bail application as well as indicating as to how the cognizance of Sections 3 and 8 of the Act, 1955 have been invoked against the applicant”.

The courtroom additionally noticed that the applicant was in jail for greater than two-and-a-half months primarily based on the sections invoked towards him which “would prima facie not be attracted in the said incident”.

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