Chhawla Rape Case: Delhi Govt To Challenge SC Order To Free 3, LG Gives Nod

New Delhi | Updated: 21 November, 2022 12:55 pm IST
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Delhi lieutenant governor VK Saxena on Monday approved a proposal to file a review petition against the Supreme Court order of acquitting three accused earlier convicted by lower courts for raping and murdering a 19-year-old woman in Chhawla.

LG Saxena has also approved the appointment of Solicitor General (SG) Tushar Mehta and Additional SG Aishwariya Bhati to represent the Delhi government before the Supreme Court.

Three persons – Rahul, Ravi and Vinod – allegedly abducted the woman, raped and later murdered her on February 9, 2012. Her body parts were recovered a few days later in Haryana. They were arrested and awarded a death sentence by a trial court and then the Delhi High Court.

On November 7, the Supreme Court set them free on the ground of lack of forensic evidence. It noted that the prosecution failed to provide clinching and clear evidence against the accused. Those pieces of evidence were related to DNA profiling and call detail records.

Following the order, two of them were released from Rohini jail, prompting the parents of the victim to seek police protection out of fear.

Following the acquittal, the victim’s family expressed shock, held a protest against the Supreme Court decision, and demanded justice. Her parents have said that they would challenge the top court’s ruling.

Earlier, the Delhi police after an investigation filed the charge sheet and the court of sessions framed charges against all three accused on May 26, 2012.

A sessions court in Delhi convicted all three accused and handed the death penalty to them on February 13, 2014. They approached Delhi High Court against the trial court order, which dismissed their appeals on August 26, 2014.

They then approached the Supreme Court against the judgment of the high court which allowed their appeals and set them free on November 7 this year.

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