Alwar, August 14: Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Rajeeva Swarup on Wednesday said that the state government has decided to appeal against the judgement of Alwar court of acquitting all six accused in 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case. The court of Additional District Judge on August 14 freed six men accused of lynching Pehul Khan on April 1, 2017. Pehlu Khan Lynching Case: All 6 Men Accused Acquitted by Rajasthan's Alwar Court.
The court ruled that a video of Pehlu Khan lynching was not admissible evidence. The hearing in the matter was concluded on August 7 and more than 40 witnesses were deposed. The accused were charged with under several sections of IPC (Indian Penal Code). They were also booked for murder following Pehlu Khan's death. Alwar Lynching: Rajasthan Police Files Chargesheet Against Pehlu Khan, Victim Who was Lynched In 2017.
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Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (Home), Rajeeva Swarup: State government has decided to appeal against the judgement in 2017 Pehlu Khan lynching case (Alwar).
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Going to the case, 55-year-old Khan, a dairy farmer, a native of Haryana’s Nuh, was lynched by alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar on Jaipur-Delhi national highway when he was transporting cattle from a cattle market in Jaipur to his village. Even after showing receipt of the purchase, he was thrashed with sticks and rods which led to his death on April 3.
Yogendra Singh, the counsel for the Pehlu Khan's side, said that they are waiting for a copy of the order and inspect it before challenging it in the higher court."The decision of the Court will have to be respected. The Court has released them on the basis of lack of evidence. We will wait for the copy of the order and after going through it we will challenge it in a higher court," Singh said.