Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court in Uttar Pradesh has given a major relief to Sakshi Maharaj and other criminals in a rape and kidnapping case. The court refused to interfere with the trial court's order to abduct the woman and release her accomplices from the charge of nine days of misbehaviour. It has also dismissed the state government's criminal revision petition challenging the validity of the lower court's order acquitting the offenders.
It may be recalled that the woman had accused Sakshi Maharaj and his associates of kidnapping and gang rape and lodged a complaint with Etah Kotwali. The police had filed a charge sheet in the case. At the same time, Sakshi Maharaj and the persons made criminals in the case had filed an application in the court saying that they have been falsely implicated in the case.
The state government had filed a petition in the High Court against the order of the court passed on November 26, 2001. The allegations were not substantiated due to the investigation. Government counsel said that the affidavit of the victim and her statement are different and it is possible that this affidavit has been given under pressure. During the hearing, the court had said that no witness took the name of the witness, while the blame is on the witness and his associates, but the allegations were not found to be true in the investigation of the CO. The court dismissed the revision petition, refusing to interfere. The matter was heard by a bench of Justice Shamim Ahmed.