Akshardham: SCs no to compensation plea of acquitted persons

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) The Supreme Court today refused to entertain a plea of six persons, who have been acquitted by the apex court in the 2002 Akshardham terror attack case, seeking compensation for their wrongful arrest.A bench of comprising Justices Dipak Misra and R Banumathi said it would set a dangerous precedent if the acquitted persons are allowed to seek compensation for their wrongful arrest.Senior advocate KTS Tulsi, appearing for the acquitted persons, withdrew the plea after sensing the mood of the bench and said they may launch a case against Gujarat police for “malicious prosecution”.Earlier, the Gujarat government had opposed the plea saying that it would have a “serious demoralising effect” on the investigating agencies.It had said that since the trial court as well as the Gujarat High Court had convicted them for their alleged roles in the terror attack that had claimed 32 lives, the issue of “curtailment” of their personal liberty, which they are claiming, cannot be accepted.On May 16, 2014, the Supreme Court had acquitted the six persons, including the three condemned prisoners, in the case, saying, “The story of the prosecution crumbles down at every juncture.” (More) PTI MNL SJK RKS ARClast_img

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